Provincial agri office highlights importance of crop monitoring
A recently concluded event in Negros Occidental showcased the significance to farmers and workers of of crop monitoring.
Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) emphasized to agriculture extension workers (AEWs) and local farmer technicians (LFTs) in Negros Occidental the significance of monitoring crop and creating a centralized reporting system particularly during calamities and pest infestation, Sun Star reported.
About 72 workers from OPA from 25 municipalities and cities in the province took part in the four-day activity which centered on updating and retooling pest monitoring procedure.
The initial batch of 34 LFTs and three AEWs joined the activity on August 16 to 17, while the second LFT batch and four AEWs took part in the August 18 to 19 event held at the Forest Park Resort in Bacolod City.
Crop protection coordinator of OPA Armando Abaño said the activity intends to assist LFTs and AEWs in giving a boost at their respective crop management and protection initiatives, which includes the revival of the Bantay Peste Brigade.
Apart from providing the participants a refresher course on the technicalities of pest damage, and observing and assessment on rice, they were also trained by OPA’s arm-implementers in improving the reporting system.
“Harmonizing our reporting system particularly in terms of the damage and losses brought by pests and calamities is vital in ensuring validity and reliability,” Abaño said, adding that it will also provide a share in the efficient delivery of services to the farmers.