“Translate what you had learned on radio into more production in the field.”
This was one of the challenges mentioned by Governor Adolph Edward Plaza to the farmer- students who graduated on the three month- University on the Air on White Corn Production during the graduation rites held recently in the province of Agusan del Sur .
Plaza said that given the right technology and no matter how expert the resource person was-still , it would be futile if the participants will not apply their learning in their respective field.
“Hinaut unta nga pinaagi sa inyong nadungog sa radyo mosaka ang inyong abot” (I hope that your learning’s while listening to the radio would boost up your production), he said.
Data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) indicated that Agusan del Sur for the past four years posted a 1.8 metric tons annual average yield of white corn. This figure, however, is expected to increase considering government interventions for the farmers.
|Outstanding Graduates of Agusan del Sur|
Series of graduation ceremonies for participating LGUs where being held in the region namely, Agusan del Norte , Surigao del Norte , Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur , a total of 550 farmer-students successfully completed the course , noteworthy to mention were the outstanding farmer - students who received plaques of recognition and some prizes.
The UOA on White Corn Production was aired over DXBC RMN for Butuan City and Agusan del Norte, DXSP One FM for Surigao del Norte and Surigao City , DXVP Sure FM for Surigao del Sur and DXDA Radyo Agusan for Agusan del Sur farmer-students anchored by LGU farmcasters together with their respective corn coordinators and other resource persons who have expertise on corn production.
The UOA on White Corn Production was jointly undertaken by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office Caraga thru the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID), Caraga AgriPinoy Corn Program and the respective local government units.
The program is in support to the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the present administration aiming to promote white corn for health and as one of the food staples aside from rice.
Other identified food staples are banana (saba), adlai and various rootcrops. (Aurell P. Arais/RAFID DA CARAGA)