THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is stepping up efforts in helping farm-communities in Negros Occidental to become more sustainable and climate-resilient through the establishment of Amia Village.
The agency had earlier identified Negros Occidental as one of the priority-provinces for the implementation of the Adaptation and Mitigating Initiatives in Agriculture (Amia) project aimed at providing sustainable livelihood to farmers and fisherfolk.
Joyce Wendam, regional director of DA-Negros Island Region, said the agency is launching the region’s Amia Village in Pontevedra town, Negros Occidental on Friday, June 16.
Wendam said the village will serve as an area for demonstration of various climate-resilient production technologies, including the use of flood and drought-resilient seeds, integrated farming system, and crop diversification, among others.
“The Amia Village in Pontevedra, the first in the region, will focus on organic agriculture development,” she said.
The village initially covers 25-hectare farms in Barangay General Malvar, and another 25 hectares in Barangay San Isidro, all in Valladolid.
It is seen to benefit 50 farmers, with one hectare farm each of different crops, including rice, corn, and vegetables, along with those raising livestock animals.
These farmers, who are members of two people’s organizations, are also recipients of the ongoing Community-based Participatory Action Research project of the agency.
A field school will be established within the village, holding regular classes for farmers. They will be taught on climate change, specifically on adaptation measures, including the use of rain gauge technology.
Wendam said farmers will be equipped in analyzing rainfall data so that they will be guided in agriculture-based decision making like when to plant and apply fertilizer.
By having trained farmers on the use of climate-resilient technologies, possible losses and damage brought by risks and hazards will be minimized, Wendam said, adding that all support services will also be provided.
“Once successful, the agency will eventually replicate the establishment of Amia Village to other cities and municipalities in the region,” she also said.