The FPA Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) conducted series of Accredited Safety Dispenser (ASD) trainings for the first quarter of 2020 by reaching out to the different agricultural cooperatives intending to be accredited as handlers in the remote communities of Mankayan and Bakun, Benguet.
Around 179 participants benefitted in the training and information campaign conducted. They are comprised of LGU officials, cooperative members and officials, farmers, and other community members. Individual participants who came from other cooperatives and other nearby municipalities were also accommodated.
“We hope that through the ASD trainings, we could be able to address the persisting irresponsible use of pesticides in Benguet,” the FPA CAR explained.
The field unit also said that bringing related activities in communities make government services accessible to far-flung and marginal communities. “The farmers, especially the mothers, could bring with them their children, and senior citizens, middle aged community members and barangay officials could walk-in and participate,” the field unit stated.
The FPA CAR narrates that a common site during on-site trainings is when farmers would bring with them their children while they listen to the discussions. Also, a mother could bring in dried garden pea pods and lets her child to remove the peas from their shells.
The field unit recognizes the contribution of the cooperatives and LGUs in the successful conduct of ASD trainings and information campaign. With FPA providing the technical assistance, the participants provided the other required resources such as food, venue and logistics.
The FPA CAR served the following cooperatives and LGUs through ASD trainings during the said period:
- February 11-12, 2020: Cropzone Agriculture Cooperative, Balili, Mankayan, Benguet—27 participants
- February 14-15: United Farmers of Cada Agriculture Cooperative, Balili, Mankayan, Benguet- 31 participants
- March 3-4, 2020: Dada MPC & Dada Farmers’ Food Terminal, Bakun, Benguet- 50 participants
- March 5-6, 2020: Hakbang sa Kaunlaran Association, Balili, Mankayan, Benguet- 27 participants
Moreover, an education and information campaign on the safe and effective use of fertilizer and pesticide products was conducted at Kayapa, Bakun, Benguet on 26 February 2020, in partnership with NS Northern Organic Fertilizer, Inc. and Sinochem Crop Protection Products Phils., Inc. This is also in coordination with the Barangay Local Government Unit of Kayapa, Bakun and of a new licensed dealer of FP products in the area. Eigthy participants had attended the activity.
The ASD trainings were facilitated by FPA-CAR Regional Officer Reynaldo Segismundo, and Provincial Officers Rowena Billig and Rodell Goha-od.// Rowena F. Billig