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BSWM conducts inception meeting for the 2019 Corn Program Research and Development Project

By Pett P. Ocampo
July 27, 2018

"There is hope. Farmers living in sloping areas can be made less vulnerable to land degradation and biodiversity loss with science and knowledge-based interventions," thus was the statement of OIC-Director Angel C. Enriquez of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) during the Inception Meeting for the 2019 Corn Program Research and Development Project held on July 25, 2018 at the BSWM Lopez Convention Hall. Attended by Regional Corn Program Coordinators, SCoPSA (Sustainable Corn Production for Sloping Areas) Focal Persons and the technical staff of the Soil Conservation and Management Division headed by their Division Chief Engr. Samuel M. Contreras.

The objective of the meeting is to assess the status and updates of the project; plan for the 2019 targets; and have an avenue to learn/discuss and share experiences on soil management practices in maintaining soil fertility level of soil using different sustainable corn production technologies. Dir. Angel also added that a holistic approach in managing land degradation hot spots and vulnerable areas of the country must be put in place, and this is where our Research and Development Project in support to the National Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture begins. Its application aims to restore and transform these vulnerable areas into empowered and self-sufficient upland farming communities and prepare the community against the threats of upcoming natural calamities. Open discussion and sharing of ideas in their respective regions were encouraged. An important part of the output is the crafting of a Soil Conservation Road Map.

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management is the nationally-mandated agency on sustainable management of soil and water resources for agriculture. The Soil Conservation Management Division under the BSWM provides leadership in the conservation and management of soils for sustainable agricultural development and rehabilitation of degraded uplands and hilly lands.

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