DA urges IPs to go into organic agriculture
With its thrust to help improve the lives of the Indigenous People (IPs), the Department of Agriculture (DA) is urging IPs to venture into organic agriculture and is now supporting a farm school that caters to Lumads in Mindanao.
DA in Region XI (DA-XI) said it is now supporting a farm school which caters to the Lumads not only in the region but throughout Mindanao.
Founded in 2013, the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao (CTCSM) in Maco, Compostela Valley Province served over 500 students from early childhood education, elementary, primary, junior and senior high school.
The majority of students came from poor farming families and the integral part of its curriculum is sustainable agriculture and cultural responsive education.
Sophia Garduce, OIC-School Administrator of CTCSM, said they are now training their students to practice organic farming, which the DA launded and support.
“Their type of farming is somehow backward. Here, organic farming is integrated in Science and TLE and it has its own curriculum,” said Garduce.
“On weekends, we have seminars conducted by our Agri teams and they teach students to make organic fertilizer and pesticides,” she added.