SAN AGUSTIN PILI CAMARINES SUR. More than 100 farmer leaders and members of various Cooperatives, and Farmers Association from Camarines Sur attended an orientation on Balanced Fertilization Strategy Program held at the DA-5 compound, this municipality ,on May 16, 2022. The orientation which aims to introduce alternative methods on fertilization and to achieve the DA’s battlecry for “Masaganang ani at Mataas na Kita,” was facilitated by the Department of Agriculture Bicol in collaboration with the Fertilizer Pesticide Authority. The activity was one of the highlights of the two day Agri-Fiesta and the week-long celebration of the feast of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers and the DA-Bicol.
According to Regional Technical Director for Operation Luz Marcelino, the orientation is imperative to inform the farmers on other options aside from using synthetic fertilizer. “ kailangan natin ma package ang teknolohiya sa farmers field to reduce cost of production and continue our noble objective in feeding the Filipinos,” she added.
The Importance of soil sampling analysis and fertilizer recommendation were also discussed by Jennis Reblando and Ailene Babilonia , both Agriculturist II of the Regional Soils Laboratory. They emphasized the importance of soil analysis using Soil Testing Kit (STK) for fertilizer recommendation, including its method of application and measurement. , “Kailangan natin magpasuri ng lupa para malaman kung anong klaseng pataba ang kailangan at kung gaano karami ang dapat ilagay ,”Babilonia added.
Engr, Cristopher Nunez , Provincial Officer, FPA Cam Sur II & Catanduanes presented the Balanced Fetilization Strategy (PFS) Program : Its FPA commitment on One DA approach. Selected Fertilizer distributors/dealers were also invited to recommend their registered products and present its methods of application . (B. Nunez; photos: Emil Pasumbal, Zandra Abogado, HA Privaldos)