Davao del Norte has a total of 204 graduates followed by Davao City with 166, Compostela Valley Province with 73, while eight in Davao del Sur and three in Davao Oriental.
The program which started from March 2 to May 16 was aired over DXRD 711 kHz, Sonshine Radio from 4:00-5:00 am every Mondays to Saturdays.
SOA is a training course on agricultural crops and commodities wherein a farmer will graduate after their participation and learning through radio focuses. This quarter’s course is focusing on Cacao and Coffee production.
Coffee and Cacao has been the priority crops of DA 11 and presently, Davao region is the country’s top cacao producer.
Both crops are also suitable for multi-cropping system under coconut trees.
Cacao is said to be an important commodity in the world for it offers a good source of income for small-holder farmers in the Philippines and it is also currently on the upswing due to the growing demand in the global market.
Being also known for its global potential, cacao also helped increase the income of the Rural Based Organizations (RBOs) such as Women’s organization.
For coffee, it is also profitable for its escalating demand by both local and export markets. It is convenient and the farmers may sell it either in its green form, dried and grounded.
Coffee drinking nowadays became an integral part of the daily food serving which is enjoyed by both young and old people.
Aside from the knowledge acquired by the graduates, they also received certificates, vegetable seeds, and graduation T-shirt from the agriculture sector. (Aggie Media Service)