Educators as well as agricultural extension workers from the local government units (LGUs) of Busuanga and Coron in Palawan are participating in a training-workshop in vegetable production organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) through its School-plus-Home Gardens Project (S+HGP).
Conducted from 19 to 21 July 2022 at Salvacion National High School in Busuanga, the training-workshop is a joint undertaking of SEARCA, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), Department of Education (DepEd) – Bureau of Learner Support Service, DepEd Division of Palawan, Kansas State University (KSU), Salvacion National High School, and Regalo ng Kilit Foundation.
SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said the training-workshop is in line with the S+HGP’s commitment to build the capacities of educators and agricultural extension workers in Busuanga and Coron by providing technical assistance on crop production and improving soil productivity in the school gardening activities of target schools.
Dr. Gregorio said at least 30 school heads, Gulayan sa Paaralan (GPP) and school gardens’ coordinators, and agricultural extension workers from LGU Busuanga and Coron will be trained by experts from PSFI.
He explained that the training-workshop comprises lectures on basic practices required for vegetable crop growing, which include soil sampling and analysis; land preparation; seedling establishment; crop cultural management practices; production of organic fertilizers, pesticides, and soil amendments; commodity planning and crop suitability analysis; and farm planning and budgeting.
He added that the participants will experience hands-on training in soil sampling techniques and routine and chemical analysis, cultural management practices for some vegetable crops, identification and control management of some economically important pests and diseases of vegetable crops in their localities, and determining crop suitability using climate maps and agro-climatic requirements of vegetable crops.
Moreover, Dr. Gregorio said through experiential learning, the training-workshop will enhance crop production and vegetable gardening not only in schools, but also in the participants’ homes and local communities, which can help address issues regarding food and nutrition security, rural poverty, and unemployment.