Aeta farmers, to go through advanced agri training
Modern agri training for local tribes is indeed a good start in augmenting agricultural research and development in the country.
Some 100 Aeta farmers from upland barangays of Mabalacat City and Floridablanca, Porac in Pampanga are set to go through training and seminars on proper planting of high value crops and vegetables through a program led by Governor Lilia Pineda and the Office of Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), Manila Bulletin reported.
Pineda previously talked to Allied Botanical Corporation, a known supplier of quality seeds in the country, and met with the Department of Agriculture together with some representatives of Aeta communities at the Provincial Capitol in Pampanga to organize a 12-day seminar and actual exercises for proper soil conditioning and planting.
The event will be launched at Floridablanca National Agricultural School (FNAS) on Thursday, July 21.
“Starting then, there will be a once-a-week seminar for some 100 Aeta individuals who are, at the same time, farmers in their local communities,” the governor said in the report.
Pineda said the importance of the seminars stems from the fact that the tribe’s quality of output is low, which diminishes its value in the market.
Pineda also acknowledged the common issue among Aeta farmers who cultivate, sow, and harvest crops for some landowners.
“With the trainings, they can eventually have their own produce,” said Pineda.
The aeta farmers will be provided 6,000 high-value crop seedlings and hybrid cacao seedlings and from DA.
“This is a step in achieving the provincial government’s dream of making Pampanga an ideal source of good seedlings in the Philippines” she said in the report.