CAMPUS RDE UPDATE| University RDE leads Capacity Building for Vegetable Growers in Gonzaga
A capacity building of the DOST-PCAARRD funded project entitled, “Science and Technology Community-Based Farm for Sustainable Lowland Vegetable Production in Cagayan, Province,” was extended to vegetable growers of Gonzaga on March 29, 2023 with the leadership of the University Director for Extension, Prof. Josie Y. Bas-ong and CSU-Gonzaga.
In attendance were the vegetable growers from barangay Cabiraoan, Sta. Maria, Calayan, Callao, Sta. Clara and students-immersionists from Baua National High School, Sta. Teresita National High School.
In his message, CEO Froilan A. Pacris, Jr. stressed out the objective of the event which is to showcase the adaption of technology in the production of lowland vegetables.
“This skills training is Science and Technology-Based. I encourage our participants to grow vegetables with no chemicals and be open-minded to learn better ways of growing vegetables with the aid of technology,” the CEO said.
As starter to vegetable growing journey of the participants, various lectures were delivered on Nursery and Seeding Management by Prof. Jeff Opena; Integrated Pest Management in Vegetable Production by Prof. Jenny Palor, Integrated Nutrient Management by Engr. Rexie Gulliermo and Lowland vegetable production employing good Agricultural practices by Prof. Marvin Baloloy. The speakers were faculty members from the College of Agriculture.
Furthermore, Mrs. Corazon Baclig, the Municipal Agriculturist of Gonzaga presented the status of vegetable production in Gonzaga.
Other topics of relevance to the participants were likewise discussed. These are: Values Education and individual differences led by Ms. Joyce Aminel Espedido, the OIC Guidance Counselor; Gender and Development by Prof. Rizzalou Garma, the Campus GAD Focal Person; Financial Literacy by Prof. Josie Bas-ong, the University Director for Extension and Project Leader; Transformational Leadership by Mr. Jayson Corpus, DevCom staff; and Simple Book Keeping and Accounting by Prof. Bert Bermudez, a faculty member of the CBEA.
The closing of the capacity building was even made motivating with Dr. Vincent Palor’s message to the participants.
“Farming can make you a millionaire. If you engage into farming and you know how to employ technologies and new ways of farming, then undoubtedly your life can change,” he shared.
Source: Campus RDE office
Photos: Ms. Jean Sebastian