eFARM Academy

Capacity Building and Awarding of Start-up Kits on Aquashade Technology and Mushroom Production at Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija

eFARM Academy        May 10, 2022

Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija was the second Local Government Unit (LGU) to receive onsite training from the eFARM Academy through the eFARM GROW. The activity was led by Dr. Gella Abella together with the resource persons, Dr. Emmanuel M. Vera Cruz (Aquashade Technology) and Dr. Rich Milton R. Dulay (Mushroom Production). On the other end, Ms. Karen R. Salera, Municipal Agriculturist Officer (MAO), and Ms. Salvacion N. Gaspar, Agricultural Extension Worker, were also in attendance as representatives of Hon. Roberto T. Agdipa, Municipal Mayor. Further, identified beneficiaries were also present: Felipe Rios, Gemma Pitogo, Henry Colannay, Mario Portin, Nestor Ureta, Rochelle Mamuyac, Minerva Atun and Elmer Atun.

Day 1

The activity started with Ms. Salera delivering her welcome remarks, “Welcome po sa ating capacity building ng eFARM. Natutuwa po ang aming punong bayan, Roberto T. Agdipa, at napili po ang aming bayan na maging benepisyaryo po ng eFARM. Dalawang technology po ang naitalaga sa aming bayan, ang aquashade at mushroom production. Sana po tuloy tuloy rin pong ma-assist ang aming bayan para sa iba’t iba pang technology na pwede pa po natin i-cater sa ating mga farmer’s associations. Sapagkat napakataas po ng tourism potential ng aming bayan, lalong lalo na po kung aakyat pa kayo sa taas. Sana ma-visit din po natin ang ibang target beneficiaries’ farm po natin”.

The activity started with Ms. Salera delivering her welcome remarks, “Welcome to our eFARM capacity building. Our mayor, Roberto T. Agdipa, is pleased that our town has been chosen to be the beneficiary of eFARM. Two technologies have been assigned to our town, aquashade and mushroom production. I hope we can continue to assist our town with various other technologies that we can still cater to our farmer’s associations. Because the tourism potential of our town is very high, especially if you go to the town proper. I hope we can also visit our other target beneficiaries’ farms”.

Dr. Abella, on the other hand, introduced the eFARM Academy to the beneficiaries. She also shared that the project team began collaboration efforts with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Nueva Ecija and with the Provincial Tourism Office to make the project a complete package for its lifelong learners. To further explain the project, Mr. Seth Valdez, eFARM GROW Project Staff, presented the project overview while Mr. Eduardo Dela Cruz Jr., Research Assistant, presented the eFARM Academy website.

A pre-test was given to the participants in order to assess their knowledge of the technology before the lecture began. Afterwards, Dr. Vera Cruz presented his lecture on aquashade technology. However, the experiential learning did not push through during the training as the fish ponds of the beneficiaries were not yet functioning and prepared to be installed with the start-up kits.

Before the day ended, the beneficiaries were given a post-test examination to determine their knowledge after the lecture. Certificate of appreciation was also awarded to Dr. Vera Cruz for serving as a resource person and sharing his expertise in aquashade technology.

Day 2

The training continued with the lecture of Dr. Dulay on mushroom production. The same with the approach of the previous training, pre-test and post-test examinations were given to the participants to assess their knowledge before and after the lecture of the resource person. Further, the beneficiaries had the chance to experience tissue culture, subculture, and fruiting bag inoculation with a grain spawn of mushroom.

In response to the two-day capacity building, Mr. Henry Collanay, UCCP Coop Chairman stated, “Nagpapasalamat po ako at kami po ay nabigyang pansin. At matagal ko na ring ibig matutunan yaan kasi nung nagpaseminar [dati] hindi ako nakahabol, misis ko ang nakapunta. Kaya ngayon siguro wala nang masasayang na dayami, bukod sa pagkain ng baka. Maraming maraming salamat sa pangunguna ni Ma’am Gella at kay Sir Rich. Napakalaking tulong po sa amin dahil dagdag kaalaman talaga. Ibig ibig ko na po umiyak. Sa mga staff po na mababait at masisipag. At salamat din kay Ma’am Karen na patuloy kaming isinasama sa mga training. Maraming maraming salamat po at talagang hindi po namin sasayangin ang mga natutunan namin”.

In response to the two-day capacity building, Mr. Henry Collanay, UCCP Coop Chairman stated, “I am thankful because we were given attention. I’ve been wanting to learn this for a long time because I wasn’t able to attend the seminar before, [in my case] my wife attended. Now, maybe there will be no wasted rice straws, aside from food for cattles. Many thanks to the leadership of Ma’am Gella and Sir Rich. The additional knowledge is a huge help to us. I really wanted to cry [due to gratitude]. To the staff who are kind and hardworking. And also thanks to Ma’am Karen for continuing to include us in the training. Thank you very much and we really will not waste what we have learned”.

As closing remarks of the activity, Dr. Abella shared her gratitude towards every one who participated and made the training possible. “Maraming salamat po sa inyong participation. Sana po ay magamit natin yung knowledge and skills at yung materyales na ibinahagi sa atin ng eFARM Academy na pinondohan po ng Commission on Higher Education. Sa tulong po ng local government unit ng Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, na nirerepresent po ni Hon. Roberto Agdipa at ni Municipal Agriculture Officer, Ms. Karen, kami po at taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat”.

As closing remarks of the activity, Dr. Abella shared her gratitude towards everyone who participated and made the training possible. “Thank you very much for your participation. I hope that you can use the knowledge and skills and the materials shared with you by the eFARM Academy funded by the Commission on Higher Education. With the help of the local government unit of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, represented by Hon. Roberto Agdipa and Municipal Agriculture Officer, Ms. Karen, we sincerely thank you all”.