Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental – About 200 farmers from Misamis Occidental graduated from the School-on-the-Air (SOA) Program on Mushroom Production and Value Adding on July 25, 2017 at Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental.
Through the efforts of the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO) and the provincial government of Misamis Occidental, farmer-graduates from Misamis Occidental were able to benefit from the three-month long SOA Program.
The program ran from April to July 2017 where farmers were given lessons and quizzes through the radio. An actual final exam was then given to see what the farmer-students have learned and to determine the top performers of the batch.
In his message, Provincial Agriculturist Dennis C. Leopoldo hoped that they were able to learn a lot about mushroom and value adding since it has a big market value. He also stated that they are looking into a follow-up hands-on training on mushroom production.
RAFIS chief Mary Grace B. Sta. Elena congratulated the farmers for completing the program. She also stated that through the radio program, farmers do not have to walk their way to school and that it could also develop their listening, writing and analytical ability as well. She is also hopeful that this would be the start of mushroom enterprise in the province.
First honor Gicelle Lou N. Gamboa, from Jimenez, shared that she was able to learn a lot from the program, not only on its production and value adding, but as well as the health benefits that one can get from mushrooms.
Meanwhile second honor Angeline R. Rodriguez, from Ozamis City, expressed her gratitude to the people behind the program.
Also awarded as outstanding graduates were Melvin C. Parojinog (3rd), Wilma L. Paredes (4th), Evangeline L. Magalso (5th), Jane F. Solon (6th), Madelyn Parojinog of Ozamis City (7th), Erlinda Simbajon (8th), Ralph McNeil C. Baul and Nelma A. Dimpas of Sinacaban (9th), as well as Aureliana Rupinta of Ozamis City (10th).
Meanwhile, the agency and the provincial government are eyeing for another SOA program this year, particularly on Cassava Production. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO 10)
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