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BSWM NSWRRDC for hillyland PEZ completes GAP training course

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
September 30, 2016

Farms in the country are encouraged to produce fruits and vegetables that are hazard-free and become competitive in the global market. To address this concern, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) in collaboration with the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center IV-A (ATI-RTC IV-A) conducted a training course on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Fruits and Vegetables for the staff of the National Soil and Water Resources Research and Development Center (NSWRRDC) for Hillyland Pedo-Ecological Zone located in Tanay, Rizal, on September 21-23, 2016.

The three-day core training program entitled Training of Trainers on Good Agricultural Practices for Fruits and Vegetables (GAP-FV) was delivered by the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Philippine GAP Program including Ms. Vira Elyssa L. Jamolin of ATI-RTC IV-A and Mr. Manuel M. Dimalaluan of ATI Central Office. Jamolin who discussed the Site History and Management; Planting Material; Soil and Soil Conservation; Fertilizer and Soil Additives and Water Management. Meanwhile, Mr. Dimalaluan tackled the Principle and Concept of GAP; ASEAN Economic Community; Waste Management; Harvesting, and Handling Produce; Traceability and Recall; Worker's Health, Safety and Welfare and GAP Certification Guidelines.

The BSWM also coordinated with farm owner, Edna Sanchez for the conduct of a half-day field tour to Sanches Farm, a GAP certified farm located in Jala-Jala, Rizal where the participants carried out simple inspection and internalized how GAP should be implemented.

The program aimed to increase the number of manpower resources which will serve as resource speakers during the conduct of trainings of farmers and stakeholders on the provisions of GAP.

In light of the recent events in 2012 where several restrictions were imposed on the exportation of Philippine horticultural products, the Department further sees the need to augment their technical capacity in delivering topics pertaining to GAP- provisions of the standard and its certification scheme.

Fruits and vegetable farms in the country are encouraged to be GAP-certified as it guarantees no less than safe and fresh produce for its buyers. This is the standard recognized globally and now a requirement when exporting goods among ASEAN member countries.

According to NSWRRDC (Tanay, Rizal) Chief, Dr. Gavino Isagani P. Urriza the increasing concern on food security and food safety reflects on the need to ensure that our producers are going to be educated and will adhere to the GAP National Standards.

"Kami po ay may fertile minds, ang ibig ko pong sabihin ang utak ng mga batang ito kapag tinaniman ng kaalaman ay siguradong tutubo, siguradong lalago at siguradong-siguradong mamumunga pagdating ng panahon,” Urriza added.

The BSWM targets to perform the same trainings for the NSWRRDC for Hillyland PEZ located in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon and NSWRRDC for Lowland-Upland PEZ in San Ildefonso, Bulacan.

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