School on the Air benefits 300 farmers in Ifugao town

ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- Three hundred farmers from the 20 barangays of this municipality have enrolled to the School on the Air (SOA) program on good agricultural practices on corn production of the Department of Agriculture through the Municipal Agriculture Office here.


Dindo Fernando, Municipal Agriculture Corn Technician, started recently airing the SOA over DWAL 99.1 FM, the community radio station of the municipality. This airs every Monday at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm with lectures on good agricultural practices on corn production.

A quiz is given after each session to ensure that learners understand the discussed topics. Farmers write the questions and option-answers and pass their sheets on Wednesdays. A promo question is also given wherein farmers will answer right after the question via text messaging.

Top 3 quiz winners and promo winners will receive prizes in kind - farm inputs like seedlings and fertilizer, spray cans, home appliances, kitchen utensils and personal things/ gadgets.

Enrollees who will complete the training will receive certificates when the program- module ends on the second week of November. Enrollees should at least earn a grade of 75 percent to be eligible for graduation.

Adrian Chris Velasco of the Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute in the Cordillera explained that SOA is among the various training and extension approaches and modalities employed by the agency that can reach a relatively more number of participants with less hassle on the side of participants.

“The SOA School on the Air is a strategy of disseminating information using the radio. It may follow a certain program or curriculum in delivering certain topics. It has been proven to be an effective medium of disseminating information to more people,” he added.

Velasco explained they chose Philippine GAP on corn because corn is the most planted commodity next to rice in the Philippines and will addresses the emerging concerns on food safety, security, economy, health and environmental issues in agriculture. “The ASEAN economic integration highlights the adoption of GAP among its member states,” he stated.

It was started in Benguet on 2013 with the topic “Organic Highland vegetables”. By Marcelo Lihgawon (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)


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