ILARRDEC and various agencies conduct cross-farm visit in Pasuquin

img_3131_400Marketing assistance from Vegetable Export and Import Vendors Association; Garlic Trading Post in Pinili; Ilocos Norte Federation of garlic Growers; and Suitable Soil and Climate Condition are just among edges and potentials of farmers who engaged in garlic production in Ilocos Norte.

These are some of the highlights of the Cross-Farm Visit conducted to different garlic farms at barangay San Juan and Nalvo  Pasuquin spearheaded by the representatives of the implementing agencies of the “Revitalizing Garlic Industry through Sustainable Seed Support Support System” project :MMSU, Provincial Government of ILocos Norte, DA, ILARRDEC, PhilRice-Batac, Agricultural Training Institute, Association of Garlic  Farmers in Ilocos Norte, and LGU Pasuquin.

The cross-farm visit aims to recognize local farmers from Pasuquin who became successful in adopting technologies on garlic production, establish partners among farmers, and avenue of learning interlude in improving farming practices.

As part of the visit, an open forum was conducted. Farmer from Paoay question raised question about the unstable price in the market which greatly affect the farmers their production of garlic. Mr. Leonardo Pascua, Interim Director of ILARRDEC believe that through a collective effort among farmers, they can control price through proper management of supply within and outside the province.

Moreover, farmer from Vintar ask for the appropriate garlic varieties for different types of soil in the province. Dr. Gliceria Pascua, Director of MMSU Extension, said that Ilocos White and Tanbolters (pioneer varieties of the project) are good for all types of soil in the province except for December 15 planting season. She added that Mindoro garlic during the mid of December is the appropriate variety of garlic to be planted.

Bad effects of applying  too much organic fertilizer was also raised in the forum. Dr. Leonardo Pascua said that too  much nitrogen (content of the organic fertilizer) will have bad effects to the garlic hence there is a need to conduct salt analysis as basis in applying appropriate amount of fertilizer.

The visit is attended by garlic farmers of Pasuquin, Vintar, Pinili, Badoc, Currimao, and other municipalities of the province.

The cross-farm visit is under the monitoring activities of the “Revitalizing Garlic Industry through a Sustainable Seed Support System” project that aims to improve the garlic industry of the province.