TABUK CITY, Kalinga– Farmers from Barangay Ipil, together with 18 graduating agriculture students from Kalinga State University (KSU), were given a field visit today in one of the rice farms in Sitio Mapaoay, Barangay Ipil.
The Isabela-based SL Agritech Corporation, represented by Regie Plan, the company’s Cordillera Region supervisor, planned the activity in collaboration with the Office for the City Agricultural Services (OFCAS).
Crispina Buco, an OFCAS Senior Agriculturist, said the field visit is important so that local farmers and agriculture students can learn about different farming methods and technologies that can potentially increase production and how to choose the best farm inputs.
According to Plan, the activity provides participants with an in-depth study and analysis of how different technologies, farm techniques, and procedures affect palay development.
Fredelyn Regato, an agricultural student, spoke about her experience participating in a field trip that taught her how to identify which rice varieties are of acceptable quality to use which she believes will help her when she grows her own.
Farmers should embrace the use of modern technologies in farming, according to Mayor Darwin Estrañero, because technological advancement leads to improved production.
The official also encouraged local farmers to create an association or cooperative to take advantage of the city government’s varied services.
The city government’s road concreting and improvement initiatives, which extensively assist farmers in transporting their produce, were also mentioned in Estrañero’s statement.