LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY | June 27, 2024 – The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Bicol discussed the safe and judicious use of agricultural inputs and the promotion of the Balanced Fertilization Strategy (BFS) during the rice season-long training on the production of high-quality inbred rice, seed certification, and farm mechanization at Good Grass Farm, Happy Homes Subdivision, Brgy. Pawa, Legazpi City, from June 12-27, 2024. 

The training, organized by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as part of the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), aims to enhance the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices of RCEF beneficiaries. 

Regional Officer (RO) Mr. Gabriel Atole covered topics such as soil health, fertilizer application, plant growth promoters, and BFS. He emphasized that adopting BFS could reduce dependency on inorganic fertilizers. 

Meanwhile, Provincial Officers (POs) Mr. Rodny P. Conda and Engr. Christopher M. Nuñez provided detailed insights into pesticides, including information on their labels, safe handling practices, potential chemical hazards, and methods to prevent pesticide poisoning. They underscored the critical importance of proper pesticide handling to avoid poisoning incidents.

Farmers were advised to purchase registered fertilizer and pesticide products from FPA-licensed dealers only. They were also warned about the potential presence of counterfeit and off-specification fertilizers. In case of doubt about their purchased products, farmers were encouraged to contact the assigned Provincial Officer in their area or visit the FPA Region V Facebook page and the FPA website.

A total of 152 farmers from various barangays in Sto. Domingo and Bacacay, Albay attended the training. ###

Written by: Gabriel B. Atole


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