Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
September 11, 2013
of veggie prod'n training held
CAMP SIMEON OLA, LEGAZPI CITY --Sixty (60) policemen and women from the
Regional Public Safety Battalion; city/municipal police stations;
women and children's protection desk; Reg'l Police Community
Relations Division; and Police Provincial Offices of Albay, Cam.
Norte, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Masbate underwent a three-day
training on Vegetable Production at Camp Simeon Ola here on
September 10-12, 2013.
Atty. Clarence Villanueva Guinto, Police Chief Superintendent
and Acting Regional Director of Bicol Philippine National Police
said the topics maybe new to the policemen but they will surely
love it because growing and eating vegetables does not only make
people fit and healthy, it also gives an added income. He added
that "in gardening there is greener life and glittering
gold." He added that the Gulayan sa Kampo is one way of
supporting the Agrikulturang Pilipino or Agri-Pinoy, which is
the over-all strategic framework of the Department of Agriculture
that guides the various services and programs of the DA from
2011-2016 and beyond.
Topics discussed during the training proper include: Opportunities
in Vegetable Production by Dr. Gloria Salazar, Vegetable Program
Focal Person; Cultural Management of Vegetables by Susan Joven,
Agriculturist II; Weed Management by Vincent Paz, Baao Municipal
HVCDP Coordinator; Vegetable Seed Production by Joven; and Organic
Fertilizer Production and Application by Paz.
Aside from the seedlings, the DA also provided garden tools and
production guides to the participants. During the training, the
policemen and women were able establish their gardens planted
with eggplant, tomatoes and pepper.
Salazar said these crops are good as starter crops since they
require very little inputs, they are very easy to grow and will
bear fruits in less than three months.
This is the second batch of training in the region under the
DA-DND Agricultural Livelihood Program which was launched at
Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on May 2, 2013 by Agriculture Secretary
Proceso J. Alcala of DA and Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin.
The first was held at Cam. Sur Police Provincial Office in
Naga City on August 28-30, 2013.
This five-year nationwide project of the DA and DND aims to turn
idle lands in military camps into productive vegetable farms
and a viable source of food.
The participants and
the speakers during the training on vegetable production at Camp
Simeon Ola in Legazpi City.