Vintar Mayor urged farmers to adopt technologies

“Awan iti serserbina no kanayontayo nga abono nga abono ken sprey nga sprey no saan a maiyataday iti umiso a tiempo.  Surutentayo dagiti umiso a teknolohiya tapno saan a masayang ti kuarta, tiempo ken orastayo (There’s no use of frequent application of fertilizer and pesticides if your crops do not need them.  Let us follow proper application of these so that our money, time, and effort will not be wasted)” urged Vintar Mayor Hon. Jose G. Foronda during the conduct of the 3rd and last farmers field day conducted in the Science and Technology-Based Farm on Organic-Based Onion Production in Vintar, Ilocos Norte on January 29, 2014.

       Foronda thanked the different agencies that supported the implementation of the project in Vintar.  He stressed that the support provided from production to postharvest technologies had go along way to improving the quality of produce of the onion farmers in Vintar.  He recalled that Ilocos Norte Governor Hon. Imee R. Marcos once said that Vintar has the biggest onion produced as compared to the other onion growing towns in Ilocos Norte. 

           

        With the good quality and improved production of farmers, Mayor Foronda requested that the agencies supporting them must also see possible avenues to improve market strategies of farmers to help them sell their products.  He also encouraged the farmers to give more importance on the technologies provided to them in the conduct of trainings since this will provide them with the necessary knowledge to improve their practices and consequently improve their quality of life. 

            Further, Mr. Leonardo T. Pascua, ILARRDEC interim director also stressed in his message that farmers should not only be looking into possible ways to make their pockets full.  Meaning they should not be only particular on how much will they be earning from their farm produce but most importantly farmers should also make sure that their farm products are safe for the consumers.  He reiterated that the use of environment-friendly technologies like the use of organic fertilizer and other S&T interventions will help them cut their farm production with higher income and at the same time making sure that the  farm produce are safe for consumption. 

      Mr. Pascua recalled that the interventions applied in the STBF are helpful for this purpose.  These include the use of Shallot Batanes Jumbo onion variety, application of balance fertilization (organic and inorganic fertilizer), use of yellow and blue sticky traps to control thrips and leaf miners or use of light trap/earwigs.

        The field day was highlighted by a field observation and briefing in both farmer’s and enhanced practices.  The Magsasaka Siyentista presented to the participants the various technologies he followed in the farmer’s practice and the designated technical experts presented the enhanced practices.  

        Data gathered showed that the S&T interventions followed worked and provided the MS with a very promising yield this year especially that the price of onion is much higher as compared last year.  In the 250m2 area planted on October 16, 2013, the MS was able to harvest from the enhanced practice a total of 13, 332.5 kg while in the MS practice, Mr. Agbayani was able to harvest 11,457.25 kg.  Among the parameters used to compare the harvest were weight/bulb(g) fresh, number of balls/bulb, size/bulb (cm-diameter), number of hill/m2, quality of produce, computed yield in kgs/ha (fresh), and total production.  If the harvest is computed in a hectare basis, the MS should have harvested a total of 53.33 tons/ha in the enhanced practice while in the MS practice should be 45.83 tons/ha.  When sold at the market prevailing price today which is P24.00/kg, the MS should have a total sales of P1,279.92.00 for the enhanced practice while P1,099.92.00 for the MS practice.  A big difference of P180,000.00.  This signifies that following the different technology interventions introduced will increase farm production.

        The field day is a component activity of all the S&T based farms established.  This is to showcase successful application of the STBF interventions in terms of improving productivity and increasing income of the MS in comparison with his existing practices. 

       The field day was participated by 150 composed of farmers, partner-agencies, and project implementers.  Ms. Mariel Dacapias of ATI-RTC1, Techno Gabay Coordinator represented ATI for this activity.

     To recall,  from PCARRD, ATI now spearheads  the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) Mercy R. Gano.