COTABATO CITY: A group of local government and school officials from Basilan province visited the ACES Natural Farming Institute (ACES-NFI) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte this week to learn about organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
The Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) organized the activity for 31 barangay captains and 23 school principals from the province’s Tuburan district.
Jamar Kulayan, ARMM education superintendent, said it is part of their effort to expand vegetable gardening in schools and communities in the region under the ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ program.
“We want to encourage local leaders and school officials to support organic farming and vegetable gardening. We want them to work hand in hand in transforming idle lands into productive vegetable gardens,” he added.
Kulayan said the ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ helps address food security and malnutrition and is consistent with the initiatives being promoted by the administration of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.
Those who participated in the study tour are expected to help introduce cost-effective and sustainable farming methods in their communities. Organic farming involves the use of techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control.