To equip the Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) in Bulacan on the concept of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Bulacan Agricultural State College (BASC) in partnership with Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) conducted a three-day “Training Course on Philippine National Standard: GAP for Fruits and Vegetables“ on June 20-22, 2017 at BASC Farmer’s Training Center, Pinaod, San Ildefonso, Bulacan.
A pool of BASC experts composed of Dr. Josie A. Valdez, (Aerobic Rice Project Leader), Dr. Josefina C. Managuit, (VP for RET), Dr. Imelda S.A. Navarro (Palayamanan Project Leader), Mrs. Jennifer I. Guevarra (former Extension Director), Mr. Rael Tejada, and Mrs. Erlina Palmario (both faculty members from the Institute of Agriculture) served as lecturers of the event.
Topics discussed included Global Demands, Concepts and Principle of GAP, Water Management, Waste Management, Pest Management, Fertilizer and Soil Additives, Harvesting, Packaging and Transport, Worker’s Health and Safety, and Traceability and Recall.
Likewise, Mr. Angel Tulabot, GAP National Trainer from the Department of Agriculture shared his knowledge on Site History & Management and Cultural Management on Planting Materials and Soil Conservation. “Minsan common sense lang naman po ‘yan”, he said. “Ang totoo, alam naman talaga natin kung ano ang tama at hindi tamang gawin, pero mas pinipili natin gawin ‘yun mali, at ‘yun ang problema po natin. Kailangan po natin ibahagi sa ating mga farmers ang Good Agricultural Practices from land preparation, planting, harvesting to marketing”, he added. In response, Mrs. Gorgonia Gurion, MAO of DRT, expressed her gratitude for being part of the activity. “Dahil po dito, natutunan ko na hindi naman pala ganoon kahirap mag-apply as GAP certified farm kaya maraming salamat po talaga sa BASC at ATI sa pag-organisa ng ganitong gawain”.
Meanwhile, a field visit in the Josie and Nemeng Farm which is a GAP accredited farm was conducted on the last day as benchmarking activity in order for the participants to observe the difference of the agricultural practices adopted by the GAP certified farm owner.
A total of 35 AEWs participated in the training course. The activity ended with the distribution of Certificates to speakers and participants.