TANAY, Rizal, Aug 2 (PIA) — A season-long training for farmers on the commercial production of high-value crops, particularly, vegetables and short-term fruits, was launched recently at the University of Rizal System (URS), Tanay Campus.
The project, a public and private partnership (PPP) between the Rizal provincial government, URS, the SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), and Harbest Agritech aims to support the food security and livelihood program of the provincial government.
Dr. Reynaldo Bonita, provincial agriculturist, said the program aspires to help farmers by introducing new agricultural technologies they can use to improve the quality and marketability of their products particularly high valuable crops like vegetables and fruits.
He added that participating farmers will undergo hands-on planting activities to give them a chance to integrate the learning they obtained in the seminar.
Started last July 12 and ending on October 18 this year, the training is composed of 12 sessions tackling vegetable farming, seed farming, trellising, plant nutrition, water management, identifying common pests, diseases in vegetables, farming accounting principle, the use of green houses, and harvesting of vegetables.
The training will conclude in an organized Harvest Festival showcasing produce of farmer-participants, games and market matching and graduation on October 18 at SM City Taytay.
The Rizal provincial government under the leadership of Governor Ynares is committed in helping the farmers from Rizal by supporting PPP programs to further improve production by employing new agricultural technology. (Rizal PIO)