Sen. Cynthia Villar believes food security can be attained with the training of farmers in farm schools as she feels elated over the growing number of people attending the Villar Farm Schools in different areas of the country.
The chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture and food noted that more and more people, especially Las Piñeros, are availing of free training given in the Villar Farm Schools.
She noted that the said training helps expand the country’s agricultural sector as stakeholders are provided with knowledge to boost productivity and increase their earnings.
Speaking during the “Training of Trainers on Agricrop Production,” together with the East West Seeds Foundation at the Villar Farm School in Las Piñas-Bacoor, the senator assured to continue teaching Filipinos how to plant vegetables in their own yard or in the farm.
“This is a way to afford everybody an opportunity to produce their own nutritious food. This is also a means to augment the income of farmers and help reduce their daily expenses on food,” noted Villar.
“The training has different modules of vegetable production from basic planting and care of vegetables to land preparation, seed selection, soil nutrient and management and care and maintenance of planted vegetables,” she added.
It also includes the identification and management of insects and pests up to the harvesting and post-harvesting handling, selling and marketing of vegetable produced.
After the four days training, Villar said participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Those who attended the training got the opportunity to share what they learned to their communities and apply to their own farm schools.
Villar Sipag has 4 farm schools nationwide.
The first farm school located in Las Piñas and Bacoor, Cavite besides the Molino Dam was opened in 2015.
The three other farm schools ate in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan which opened in 2016 and in San Miguel, Iloilo, and in Buhangin District, Davao City.
Originally published: BusinessMirror, August 29, 2023