The first farm visited by the group on May 16 was the Natural Swine Raising Farm managed by Mr. Carlo Hibaya at Bagong Sikat Munoz, Nueva Ecija. The farmer showed the Natural Swine Hog Raising. Natural farming poultry is a unique methodology that is very much different from the conventional. Housing, feeding, management are all different. The strength of the farm is that it has no odor, no flies, does not need feces cleaning, emits no wastewater, lower the cost. It uses homemade feed, produces top quality fertilizer, has almost no disease, needs no artificial heating, is healthier, has longer productive period, emulates in productivity, uses no chemical or medicines, and needs very little labor. The participants learned the organic farming techniques, vermicomposting and pit method of making organic fertilizer
The second farm visited by the group was the Organic Farm at Talavera, Nueva Ecija owned by Engr. Reynaldo S. Hilario The group learned the basics of compost pit making, vermicomposting, and making IMOs, Fermented Plant/ Fruit juice and Effective Microorganisms.
The third farm visited by the group was Free Range Chicken Farm also at Talavera, Nueva Ecija managed by Mrs. Rossie S.. Hilario. Agricultural by-products from the farm will make up 85 percent of total feeds of the chicken. Chickens feces will be used as fertilizer. Animal crops are interdependent, and the farming household can acquire food self-support and lower the cost.
The fourth farm visited by the group was the Northern Development Organization for Rural Action (CONDORA) at Rosario, La Union managed by Mr. Jose Ramos. The participants learned the basics of Sloping Agricultural Land Technology, Orchard management and Nursery management.
The group arrived at night of May 16, 2012 at La Union Beekeepers Development Cooperative at Bacnotan La Union. On May 17, The group arrived at DMMMSU. The group attended meeting with beekeepers association in the morning where Geronimo Digma of ASCOT made presentation on the status of Beekeeping Project at ASCOT.
The group visited two farms in the afternoon. The first that was visited was the La Union Apiculture Center managed by Ms. Cristel Quilantang. Farmers saw different supplies and equipment for beekeeping. Some participants also bought bee foundation wax, processed honey bees in bottles and packs, bee hives and bee veil. Equipment observed by the participants were the honey extractor, packaging machine, bee wax molder and supplies.
The second to be visited was the Beekeeping Farm of Mr. Jesus Capinpin at Bacnotan La Union. The group was assisted by Mr. George Ramos of the National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute.
The group again stayed at during the night of May 17 at La Union Beekeepers Development Cooperative at Bacnotan La Union.
On May 18, the participants visited the Sericulture Center at Bacnotan La Union managed by Mr. Roberto S. Tapucol. The group saw the operation of making textiles out of cocoons.
On the same day, the participants visited the sericulture farm managed by Mr. Ciriaco F. Taguiam. The participants learned the technologies on planting mulberries and the different varieties used and pest and management of mulberries. The participants also learned how to feed the leaves of the mulberries to the worms and the proper cultural methods on the culture of worms,
In the afternoon group left DMMMSU and spent the night at CONDORA Training Dorm at Rosario, La Union where participants bought several seedlings such as dwarf papaya, mahogany, guapple, atis, mango, lemon and passion fruit.
On the morning of May 19, 2012, the group left Rosario and headed back to Baler.
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