Contributed by Mary Grace P. Santos – Bataan Peninsula State University
CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – To realize the goal and long-term benefit of the Science and Technology Model Farm (STMF) on Mango Production in Mabalacat City, Pampanga, and as the locality was able to strengthen their tie-ups with the technology service providers and private partners for sustainable production activities, the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) spearheaded a one-day training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) so as to improve the STMF project at the Zoocobia Paradise Ranch, Mabalacat City, Pampanga last May 19.
The project team of the STMF on Mango Production in Pampanga, in coordination with the City Agriculturist of Mabalacat City and SAMANAKA (Samahan ng mga Magsasakang Nagkakaisa para sa Kaunlaran) attended this training as part of the continuous capacity development of the mango growers in the locality.
The program started with a prayer, followed by an opening remarks coming from Dr. Hermogenes M. Paguia, Research and Development Office Director of BPSU. He also gave a glimpse of what will transpire on the whole-day seminar. After that, participants were encouraged to introduce themselves and inform everyone of how many hectares and fruit trees they have.
Meanwhile, Mr. Angel S. Tulabut, Agricultural Center Chief II of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DARFO3) served as the resource speaker. He discussed the GAP modules and the importance of GAP certification. He also disclosed the good agricultural practices on mango.
A total of 23 SAMANAKA Cooperative members attended the program. After the training, the project team visited the STMF venture located in Mabalacat City, Pampanga.