Agricultural partnership for Tinambac farmers
On May 27, 2017, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) and the Municipality of Tinambac, Camarines Sur for the conduct and implementation of the Integrated Farming Bio-Systems (IFBS) training in the area.
Under the agreement, PSFI provided the training to 190 farmers identified by the local government unit (LGU). Modules included in the training were soil fertility management, rice and corn production, vegetable production, and farm planning and management.
The partnership is one of the projects implemented by PSFI under the Angat Buhay programme of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) of the Republic of the Philippines. Angat Buhay is VP Leni Robredo’s programme to combat poverty in the country and was made possible by bridging LGUs to development partners of the OVP.
The MOA signing ceremony held at Naga City was hosted by VP Leni herself and was attended by officials from Tinambac LGU, PSFI, and OVP personnel. Tinambac LGU was led by Mayor Ruel Tuy, two municipal councillors, and other municipal officials.
Mayor Tuy mentioned that one of his priority programmes in the municipality is agriculture. He pledged that his administration will make sure that agriculture-related programmes implemented in their area will be continued for the benefit of their farmers. In addition, PSFI Executive Director Edgardo Veron Cruz emphasized PSFI’s vision of strengthening community systems and individuals for sustainable development.
VP Leni, for her part, reiterated the benefits of IFBS and hopes that farmers will not just be contented with the knowledge but also hone their entrepreneurship skills for increased income.
The 190 farmer beneficiaries have already completed the IFBS training at the Shell Training Farm in Bombon. In their graduation on August 17, they received their certificates and starter kits, including microbial inoculants and vegetable seeds to facilitate their vegetable farming.
By Maria Pamela Castro and Roger Borromeo
Published on PSFI news magazine October 2017 issue
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