SIDECO to open farmers field school | BICOL TODAY

SIDECO to open farmers field school

By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON CITY — The members of the twenty-two active primary cooperatives under the umbrella of South Luzon Federation of Cooperatives(SIDECO) will be introduced to a sustainable farm production when a farmer field school will be operational first quarter of next year.

The field school is one of the key programs for 2019 of the federation which is part of its commitment to enhancing the productivity of its agriculture base members.

This was revealed by lawyer Egbert Demate, Chief Executive Officer of SIDECO during an interview with

The concept of farmer field school was internationally introduced in 1980 by the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nation to address and empower farmers about topics of common interest through observations and discovery and exchange of experiences.

The farm school according to Demate, will be implemented in a micro setting targeting a hectare of land as a field school “without walls” catering to twenty-five students in a class.

It will be a close collaboration with government entities and private organizations who manage the same program using a diagnostic development of a baseline of farmer’s income in a cropping season.

The school is one of the best solutions to educate farmers on the various aspects of the food production aside from the resolving frequently asked questions of small farmers when confronted with unforeseen events, he added.

The SIDECO board approved the implementation of the program by tapping the office of Senator Cynthia Villar and TESDA.

Both are pushing for the program success. SIDECO believes that the members of the primary cooperatives in their federation will embrace the field school approach as a sustainable farming method. []

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