SAN AGUSTIN, Pili, Camarines Sur---As a response to the marching order of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Manny F. Piñol on his Byaheng Bukid last January 29, 2018 in Guinobatan, Albay, DA-Bicol will be conducting a series of livelihood trainings for farmers affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano.

The Training on Vegetable Production under Protective Culture is scheduled on February 5, 2018  in Tuburan-City Organic Agriculture Learning Site (COALS), Ligao City; February 6-7, 2018 in Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF); February 8-9, 2018 at the Albay Processing Center, Cabangan, Camalig, Albay; February 12, 2018 at the San Jose Elementary School, Malilipot; February 13, 2018 in San Vicente, Tabaco City; February 15, 2018 at the City Agriculture Office, Legazpi City;  February 20, 2018 at Napo, Polangui, Albay; and February 21, 2018 at the Provincial Agriculture Office, Cabangan, Camalig.


 Five hundred identified farmers affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano from Polangui, Ligao City, Guinobatan, Daraga, Camalig, Legazpi City, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot, Tabaco City and Oas will benefit from the scheduled training.

 The training will include theories on vegetable gardening, hands-on training and demonstration on preparation of a tunnel-type greenhouse, and distribution of the inputs. Each farmer will be given a roll of polyethylene UV-treated plastic; 100m of plastic mulch; two bags Durabloom; one unit of sprinkler and 100 pieces of bamboo stick. Each farmer is expected to have eight tunnels. HARBEST Agri-business Corporation will provide the technical assistance and speakers of the training.

 According to DA-Bicol High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Regional Focal Person Rose Imperial, the harvest of the farmer-participants will be sold during TienDA events in Manila.

The said training will also make the farmers active and productive while waiting for the end of the eruption which is until the second week of April, this year. After the eruption, the farmers can dismantle the said greenhouse and can bring them back to their farms.

As of this date, more than 5,800 farmers are affected by the eruption. (jaysonmgonzales)