In preparation for the upcoming opening of classes this year and in consonance with the Department of Education’s K-12 program, teachers from Pangasinan learned from the experts of the Department of Agriculture some agricultural crop production and protection techniques through the Training of Trainers on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Nutrition on Sustainable Vegetable Production conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute.
Held on May 22-June 2, 2017, the training aims to empower the teachers to become effective teacher-facilitators in the conduct of Phase 2 School Children Field School in the 5 pilot laboratory schools of Pangasinan. It also serves as the training ground of the teachers in the establishment of their Participatory Action Research where technical experts, teachers and the pupils/students will learn and adopt management techniques, methods and strategies on vegetable production.
Ms. Debbie Davalos and Mr. Aries Magat, two of DA-RFO I’s experts on vegetable production shared their technical skills and knowledge on growing vegetables through topic discussions on varietal selection, crop establishment, cultural management practices, fertilizer and nutrient management, and post harvest management, among others.
Ms. Aileen Millare, Chief of the Regional Soils Laboratory discussed the Soil and Soil Sampling Procedure while Ms. Arlene Castillo of the Regional Crop Protection Center discussed about the Biocon agents.
A collaborative project of the ATI-RTC I,. DepEd Pangasinan II Division and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, the activity also served as an avenue to encourage young minds to appreciate agriculture as a career and entrepreneurial endeavour.