In line with the current implementation of the program on “Development and piloting of socio-economic model for durable solution in transforming Bangsamoro communities into productive agro-economic areas”, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) conducted a Training on Rice Production on June 9-10, 2018 for the farmers in Brgy. Cabpangi, Pigcawayan North Cotabato.
The two-day activity generally aimed to develop and enhance the technical knowledge and skills of the participants on cultural management of rice products that shall help increase their production for better income.
Topics discussed during the training were cropping calendar, growth stages, selection of seeds, land preparation, seed establishment/planting, weed management, nutrient, water and pest management and harvesting storage.
For better understanding, appreciation and internalization of the training, part of which was the exposure of the farmer-participants to a cooperative in Maguindanao province during the 2nd day of the activity.
They visited the Ar-Rahman Multi-purpose Cooperative where they learned good practices of the group on farming production.
Participants expressed fulfillment of the training.
Samsudin Untong stated that he is very satisfied and that all the learning are new for him and is indeed very helpful.
The Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Cabpangi is likewise thankful of the training.
“The topics are very interesting, like the fertilization process and the increasing of rice production. The application of this technology is very useful in our daily farming activities. We thank BDA and UNFAO for this project”, Marlon Cabilangan, said.
BDA and UNFAO signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) in January this year for this project which objective is to open opportunities and link farmers to market to ensure sustainability of their livelihood and establish value chain. There will be also various training for the beneficiaries such as farm preparation through modern methods, Values Enhancement Training (VET), book keeping and recording, project planning and among others.
The project is being piloted at two sites which are Brgy. Buliok in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao and in Brgy. Cabpangi, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.