Thirty-nine inmates at the Negros Occidental District Jail in Bago City now have skills in organic farming after almost three months of studying through the Farmer’s Field School of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The inmates graduated yesterday from the program at the NODJ facility in Barangay Tabunan, where they were taught how to grow organic vegetables, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday.
This is the first batch of inmates that they trained under the Farmer’s Field School, where personnel from OPA and Office of the City Agriculturist of Bago taught them the basics of organic agriculture every week, since April this year.
Masculino said that they aim to teach more inmates how to farm while they are behind bars. The NOJD has a vacant lot where they can practice agriculture, he added.
The new batch of students in this program at NODJ may be learning hybrid rice farming, he said.
Meanwhile, Masculino said that despite the floods and heavy rains this week, crop damages may be minimal as the cropping season has already started.
Reports in the DAILY STAR Tuesday said Bago and Silay, and Valladolid, Binalbagan, and Moises Padilla were affected by flooding and strong winds that destroyed houses.
Both Bago and Valladolid are big rice areas in the province, and contribute a high percentage to the rice sufficiency rate of Negros Occidental.
Masculino said he has not received any report of crop damages from these LGUs and assured that rice crops are still at the early stage and farmers in some areas are just beginning to plant.*MLG
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