Facilitators of Farmer Business School (FBS), people’s organizations (POs), and Bohol-based staff of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) conducted cross visits to demo farms in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar between May 30 and June 2, 2017 to observe firsthand and gain understanding of root and tuber crops production in the context of agroforestry.

inremp visit rtc experimental farm 600pxParticipants visit Philrootcrops' root and tuber crops experimental farm in Baybay City, LeyteThe Project is piloting the FBS agroforestry approach in Wahig-Inabanga Watershed of Bohol using experiences of the program Food Resilience through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia Pacific (FoodSTART+) as a guide. This program is implemented by the International Potato Center (IPC) and is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). INREMP is also funded in part by IFAD.

Lending its expertise on Philippine root and tuber crops, the Philippine Root Crops Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops) based in the Visayas State University (VSU) introduced participants to various operations of root crop production, good manufacturing process, and food safety handling for micro and small enterprises.

The activity afforded participants opportunity to see for themselves the binagol (from giant taro) and sagmani (from taro) processing facilities in Dagami, Food Innovations Center at the Eastern Visayas State University, root and tuber crops nursery plantation and fruit trees farms in Ormoc City, and VSU’s clonal tree nursery and good manufacturing process-compliant facility. They also held dialogues with the members of Kusog han Kababayen-an an Salcedo (KAKASA), Eastern Samar Entre-Pinoy Workers’ Association, Inc. (ESEP), Alyansang Samahan para sa Kaunlaran at Pangkabuhayan ng Barangay Gahoy (ASAPKAPA), Farmer’s Entrepreneurs Association (FEA), and Santa Rita Food Processors Association, and in the process learned good practices and processing technologies adopted by these people’s organizations. (INREMP/ Ma. Theresa Corazon Ladrera)

 

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