February 27, 2014

The Department of Agriculture under its Agri-Pinoy Corn Program will conduct Climate Smart Farmers Field School for Corn starting May this year.  According to RTD Elena de los Santos, with the advent of climate change farmers need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills on climate resiliency considering that they are the most vulnerable group. De los Santos added that similar FFS was conducted on rice and now it is going to be implemented on corn.  South Luzon PAGASA Regional Director Landrico  Dalida Jr. suggested to include topics on weather forecasts, translation of weather and climate terms, basic data gathering on rainfall, temperature and basic operation and maintenance of rain gauge and weather stations. He committed to set in place rain gauges in the pilot areas of the FFS.  Corn Program Regional Coordinator Ed Lomerio said that the module for the FFS will be reviewed to include the suggestions made by Dr. Dalida and RTD de los Santos. A total of 30 FFS will be conducted regionwide in cooperation with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).  Present during the TWG meeting were the provincial corn coordinators of Albay, Camarines Sur and Masbate.