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700 farmers benefit from field school
By: PPAO
Thursday, 12 May 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- More than 700 Bulakenyo farmers completed the two seasons of training on increasing rice yields and productivity as Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado handed them their certificate of recognition during the mass graduation of the Farmers Field School (FFS) held at the Hiyas Pavillion recently.

Aiming to alleviate the plight of poor farmers in rain fed areas; Gov. Alvarado supports the FFS which is part of the “Increasing Rice Yield and Productivity” project funded by the European Union through Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) implemented by the Department of Agriculture and local government units in Bulacan.
Coming from Angat, San Rafael, San Ildefonso and San Miguel, farmers who benefited from this hands-on training had undergone technology demonstration, integrated crop management and pest control as facilitated by selected staff from PhilRice, Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), and municipal agriculture offices.
Moreover, Governor Alvarado distributed a bag of 35 palay seeds to each graduate for them to be able to start planting.

“In order to help our farmers in rain fed areas, the provincial government extends its support through the provision of seeds and fertilizers as well as conducting trainings to our farmers. This will also help in enhancing food security of our province and our country in general,” the governor said.

Also, part of the benefits from the project package includes, certified rice and vegetable seeds, inorganic fertilizers, drum seeder and rice hull carbonizer, IEC materials and P26,000 worth of construction materials for the construction of each FFS learning center.
They were also provided with small scale irrigation facilities such as electric motor pumps and gasoline/ diesel motor pumps. ###

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