03 December 2013
600 farmers in ARMM complete radio-based schooling
Cotabato City- Some 600 farmers in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur will complete this week a radio-based training on rice and coffee cultivation provided by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
DAF-ARMM used a one-hour radio program each week in a course of three and half months to educate farmers on growing coffee and in handling postharvest technology for rice. The program dubbed as “school on the air” is being handled by the agency’s Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID).
Kadiguia R. Abdullah, RAFID chief and lead anchor of the program, said radio allows them to effectively deliver information to participating farmers who interact with them through text messages.
“The school on the air program is designed to improve the skills and productivity of the farmer enrollees,” Abdullah said.
DAF-ARMM will confer certificates to the farmers in a graduation ceremony set this December 12, 2013.
She said DAF-ARMM is working to increase rice production in the region to contribute to the government’s goal of making the country self-sufficient in rice.
ARMM is also aspiring to increase the production of high-value crops like coffee in the region. (Arman C. Trabucon, OJT-Bureau of Public Information)