PARACELIS, Mountain Province – Corn Coordinator Mr. Gerardo Banawa and Regional Information Officer of DA-CAR, Mr. Robert Domoguen made a series of consultation with key stakeholders in Kalinga and Paracelis, Mountain Province for the conduct of another SOA on GAP-corn on for the first quarter of 2018.
The consultations were conducted with the office of the Vice Mayor of Paracelis, Municipal Agriculturist Eusebia Balocnit, Lorenzo D. Carpio, Provincial Agriculturist of Kalinga, Domingo Bakilan, and Dr. Remy Balliyao, Kalinga Provincial Corn Coordinator.
After four months of airing SOA in Kalinga, which successfully concluded with 320 farmer graduates on corn, last December 18, 2017, this SOA will soon be aired once more for farmers in Tanudan, Kalinga and Paracelis, Mountain Province.
Proposed as part of the SOA for 2018 aside from the airing of the prepared learning modules are the implementation of a model farm and learning site on SCOPSA, (Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas), the use of Tricantera as hedgerows, GAP (Good agricultural Practices) on Corn, and the nine steps on corn production.
“SCOPSA, will definitely help the farmers of Paracelis and Tanudan especially in mitigating concerns on soil erosion and climate change here.”
Gerardo Banawa, corn program coordinator said that the early coordination and positive acceptance of the LGUs toward this project is crucial in inviting more farmer students and participants to SOA.
Having been the broadcaster of the SOA on corn in Kalinga, Remy Balliyao is seen to once again go on Radyo ng Bayan to educate this time, the farmers of Tanudan and Paracelis on corn.
In future, may we see all these eroded empty hills filled with corn, tricantera hedges, papaya, banana and cow peas, optimistically said Mr. Banawi.