Issue of October 23, 2011
     
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Greenhouse operation trng set to help farmers
by Maritess Beñas / PIA

BANGUED, Abra – The Agriculture Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-CAR) conducted a special training on greenhouse operation to Abra farmers last Oct. 13 to 14 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in this capital town.

The greenhouse operation is aimed to produce off-season vegetables to augment the decreasing agriculture production brought about by the effects of climate change.

ATI-CAR Project Officer Cristino Balancio, who led the team of agriculture specialists and farmer-trainers in green house operation, said the training aimed primarily to prepare small farmers to become globally competitive since the Philippines is a signatory in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade-World Trade Organization. 

“If we do not prepare our agriculture sector now, we might be at the losing end when trade becomes liberalized and the prices of imported commodities especially vegetables, will turn out to be less than our local produce,” he said.

The training focused on the production of off-season tomatoes and bell peppers since these are in demand all-year round.

It was organized to enhance the knowledge and skills of farmers and technicians on off-season vegetable production to increase the value of crops by maintaining production and quality of crops despite climate change.

Balancio said that green house operation is encouraged because it protects the vegetables from excessive rainfall and sunlight due to Climate Change and the use of inorganic farming can be prevented especially now that most products are heavily laden with insecticides and are very hazardous to health. In the action planning workshop of the trainees, they had seen the viability of the implementation of the green house operation in Abra with the use of bamboo poles as a low-cost and environment-friendly local construction material for their green house instead of making use of the expensive construction materials procured from the lumber and construction suppliers.


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