Senior citizens and women on vermicasting
Senior citizens and women were trained on vermiscating, a growing trend in organic agriculture and is the method of breaking down of organic wastes by worms known as the African night crawlers which is turn secretes the casting used as soil fertilizer.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) and Gender and Development (GAD) Program, recently facilitated a hands-on training on vermiculture and vermicast production among the Differently Abled Persons (DAPs), senior citizens, and women of Pagadian City.
“The basic principle of gender development is equality for all’ meaning, everyone deserves equality in development, in rights, and in privileges and grants from the government,” said GAD focal person Girlie Saludo.
During the training, OAP representative Raymond Fordaliza gave a lecture on practical vermiculture discussing key factors in vermicasting such as the site selection, utilization of raw materials, the recommended mixture and filling of substrates, maintenance and protection of the worm bin, and harvesting of the vermicast.
Fordaliza also introduced new concepts in vermiculture like the ‘vermisery’ which is a combination of vermiculture and seedling nursery, the ‘vermibit’ that integrates rabbit raising with vermiculture, and the up-and-coming ‘vermiggery’ or vermiculture in a piggery.
The same activity will also be conducted in three more municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur particularly in Dimataling, Molave and Labangan.