The Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 (DA RFO 5) conducted a three-day training on upland rice-based farming systems using Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) last August 23-25, 2016 at Polangui, Albay. The training aimed to provide upland farmers with the technical know-how on the establishment of SALT in the uplands/slope lands where rice and other economic crops can be produced successfully without causing soil erosion.
Forty-five upland farmers from barangays Gamot and Pintor of Polangui, Albay and 23 agricultural extension workers from the Municipal Agricultural Services Office of Polangui attended the training.
During the first day of the training, the participants had an exposure visit to enable the farmers from different upland barangays to observe the successful SALT Model Farms and Village at Oma-Oma, Ligao City. Participants also got to interact with successful farmers who adopted the said technology.
On the second day, lectures on the SALT were provided by resource persons from the DA RFO 5 and from the Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) at the Municipal Agricultural Services office of Polangui.
The hands-on activity was conducted on the third day of the training where the experts assisted the participants in the actual establishment ofa SALT demo farm at Barangay Gamot, Polangui, Albay.
After the training, the co-operator of the new SALT demo farm was provided with madre de cacao, vetiver grass and other equipment such as drums, sprinklers, water hose, hoe, rake and organic fertilizer for the improvement and maintenance of the established SALT demo farm. Other participants received varieties of vegetable seeds such as squash, bush sitaw, sili, tomato, monggo, upo and pechay for them to cultivate. - Sarrah D. Sambajon and Kim Jonah P. Bolivar