2 South Cotabato farmers to study modern farming techniques in Japan

October 21, 2015 6:05 am 

KORONADAL CITY, Oct. 19 — Two farmers from South Cotabato will travel to Japan later this month to study modern farming techniques that they could apply upon their return to improve productivity, agriculture officials said Monday.

Justina Navarette, South Cotabato provincial agriculture officer, said the two farmers are Darryl Sixto, 26 of Surallah town and Jason Faelmocon of Tampakan, both in South Cotabato.

Navarette told a local radio station here that the two were both beneficiaries of Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFTPJ) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture.

Being an out-of-school youth did not hamper Sixto's dream of learning new farming techniques whenever opportunity comes.

Fond of reading, Sixto regularly surfs the internet in learning new farming technology which he applies in managing his small farm area in Surallah.

"I learn a lot from reading but doing it hands on, like the one that Japan will share with us, is something I really look up to," Sixto said.

Sixto has been using organic farming in producing various high value crops

"I am ready to share to my co-farmers whatever I will learn from this almost year-long training," he added.

Faelmocon, a farmer of rubber, banana and other high value crops, was equally elated after he was chosen to study in Japan. "Like Sixto, Faelmocon vowed to share whatever new techniques he will earn from studying in Japan," he added.

Navarette said the 11-month training aims to equipped young farmers with modern and cheaper technology in farming.

"As expected, the farmer beneficiary of this program will re-echo what they will learn in Japan to their farmers' association," she said. (PNA)



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