On-air Agri School produces 451 farmer graduates

About 451 farmers in Region 11 graduated from School-On-The-Air (SOA) on Corn Production of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 recently at Felis Resort in Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

Davao del Norte has the biggest number of farmer graduates which is 170, while Davao City has 150 graduates followed by Compostela Valley Province with 115, Davao del Sur with 9 and Davao Oriental with 7.

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 corn production.

The program which started from August to October was aired over DXRD 711 kHz, Sonshine Radio from 4:00-5:00 am every Mondays to Saturdays.

DA 11 Field Operations Division chief Rosalinda Mediano congratulated the farmer graduates during the event. She added that the role of the farmers in the region is commendable since they provided the basics for all the food needs.

”Farmers played a big role in achieving food security here in the region. We hope that you will continue to sustain the role that is entrusted to you,” Mediano stressed. 

During the ceremony, the graduates received certificates, planting materials and graduation T-shirt from DA 11.

They also got the chance to win sacks of corn seeds and planting tools during the raffle draw. 

Based on the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program of DA, corn is said to be the second most important crop in the Philippines wherein 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple and yellow corn accounts for about 50% of livestock mixed feeds.

Some 600,000 farm households depend on corn as a major source of livelihood, in addition to transport services, traders, processors and agricultural input suppliers who directly benefit from corn production, processing, marketing and distribution.

Corn is also processed into high value products, such as cornstarch, corn syrups, corn oil, gluten and snack foods. (Aggie Media Service)