A TOTAL of 453 farmers in Davao Region graduated from School-On-The-Air (SOA) on Corn Production of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the region in a ceremony held in Davao City recently.
Davao del Norte has the biggest number of farmer graduates with 196, followed by Compostela Valley Province with 125, Davao City with 116, while Davao Oriental has 13 and 3 graduates in Davao del Sur.
SOA is a training course on agricultural crops and commodities wherein a farmer will graduate after their participation and learning through radio program.
The SOA which started from May to July was aired over DXRD 711 kHz, Sonshine Radio from 4:00-5:00 am every Mondays to Saturdays.
Director Remelyn R. Recoter personally thanked the farmer graduates for the continuous support they had given to DA-Davao.
"I hope you can apply the knowledge you have acquired during the SOA program and sana makatulong ito sa inyong pangkabuhayan. Maraming salamat sa inyo at sa patuloy ninyong pagsubaybay sa mga programa ng DA," Recoter said.
She also emphasized that the farmers play a big role in achieving food security in the region. Hence, they are also expected to continue to sustain the role entrusted to them.
She assured that DA 11 will continue to provide programs and trainings needed by the farmer to help enhance their livelihood.
During the ceremony, the graduates received certificates, information education campaign (IEC) materials and graduation T-shirt from DA 11.
They also got the chance to win sacks of corn seeds and cassava stalks during the raffle draw.
Based on the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program of DA, corn is said to be the second most important crop in the Philippines wherein 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple and yellow corn accounts for about 50% of livestock mixed feeds.
Meanwhile, Cassava is a tropical root crop, that provides the staple food of an estimated 800 million people worldwide. Grown almost exclusively by low-income, smallholder farmers, it is one of the few staple crops that can be produced efficiently on a small scale, without the need for mechanization or purchased inputs, and in marginal areas with poor soils and unpredictable rainfall.