Organic training center opens in Negros Occ.
By Mark L. Garcia
Opportunities to learn more new technologies on organic farming will be available with the recent inauguration of the P3-million Negros First Organic Technology Center (NFOTeC) in Tabunan, Bago City.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said that this facility will host training courses on learning organic farming in Negros, in line with the province's flagship program to boost food sufficiency.
The inauguration was held Friday, Jan. 5, completing the construction of the training center which started in 2016.
The facility is intended for training farmers who are engaged in, or want to join, organic farming in the province, Masculino said.
Training courses that will be offered in NFOTeC will be on organic agriculture, and the program will be in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center.
Masculino also said they aim to start conducting training workshops in the facility in the second quarter of 2018 with about 20-50 farmers.
"We want to start in small groups of whoever is interested to learn organic farming," he said, adding that the training will be for free.
They are just waiting for the accreditation of their assigned training managers and assessors assigned in NOFTeC, he said.
Aside from organic crops, raising free-range chicken will also be learned in the facility in partnership with the Provincial Veterinary Office, he added.
Masculino also stressed the importance of organic farming - its produce can lead to good health, the process can reduce production cost, and more farmers engaging in organic farming can lower the prices of organic crops.
"Ultimately, if people in Negros go organic, we could decrease the cost of production and prices of crops in the province," he said.