Training to Boost Corn Production in Eastern Visayas

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 21:41
Corn participant

BAYBAY City, Leyte- Corn, a vital crop crucial to the Philippines' agricultural landscape, recently took center stage in a comprehensive training initiative aimed at bolstering its production across the region. From March 4 to 13, 2024, the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 8 (ATI-RTC 8) organized the "Training of Trainers on Corn Production and Management," drawing 31 agricultural extension workers and farmer leaders from 16 key corn-producing municipalities in Eastern Visayas.

The intensive program covered a spectrum of topics essential for modern corn farming practices. Participants delved into the nuances of digital agriculture, leveraging e-learning courses to stay abreast of cutting-edge technologies. Discussions during the training ranged from pest and disease management using innovative mobile applications like SPIDTECH to the crucial role of agro-ecosystem analysis in optimizing corn yields. Additionally, hands-on activities such as field layouting, land preparation, and planting provided practical insights into efficient cultivation techniques.

Beyond cultivation methods, the training emphasized post-harvest practices, food processing, marketing strategies, and facilitation skills. Participants explored avenues for value addition, learning to process corn into various products like corn juice, patties, and macaroons. They also engaged in dialogue with local associations, gaining valuable insights into effective management practices.

Looking ahead, the initiative aims to propagate knowledge and practices gleaned from the training through the establishment of 15 Farmers Field Schools across selected local government units. Scheduled to commence in April and extend until September 2024, these FFS  are poised to play a pivotal role in advancing corn production and empowering farming communities throughout the region.