DA awards outstanding UOA graduates

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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur—In support to rice production and productivity particularly among the marginal farmers, the Department of Agriculture conducted a University-on-the-Air (UOA) on Animal Health Care for Rice Draft Animals. Carabaos (domestic water buffalo), known as the farmers’ best friend and for some, cattle, are useful animals during land preparation and other farming operations.

While the DA is into farm mechanization program, the fact remains that rice farmers still need the services of draft animals especially in upland rice production.

The UOA which is a nonformal education using radio as the channel of a season-long course for enrolled farmer-students is used as an avenue for continuous learning.

With 620 officially enrolled students from the different municipalities in the

The Top 10 graduates of the University-On-the-Air program for Rice Draft Animals in Zamboanga Sibugay province join officials of the Department of Agriculture following their graduation ceremonies. PHOTO COURTESY OF DA IX

Zamboanga Sibugay Province, 246 completed the course requirements for both academic and actual practice. Eleven students  were awarded with honors;    1st honor is given to Magdalino I. Altesing Jr; 2nd Rogelio Garido; 3rd Junelyn Martenito; 4th Rea Jane Camaño; 5th Elma D. Abajar; 6th Letecia Ortega; 7th Jenny N. Marra; 8th Mary Paul Soberano; 9th Joey H. Fernandez; 10th Devora Benito and 11th honor is Delia Bedonia. They received a medallion, radio and trophy.

DA Regional Technical Director, Constancio Alama appreciated the farmers’ willingness to learn. “We are always here to help and support you especially in technical assistance and continue education through training and other forms of learning avenues such as the UOA.”

He even carved up in his message that DA is planning to procure pure breed cows that will be given to the office of the Municipal Agriculturist for breeding purposes through artificial insemination. “This way we can help increase production of our draft animals which play an important role in rice production and other crops, ” he added.

Committee Chair on Agriculture, Joel Ebol congratulated the graduates recognizing their participation as “a big contribution to make our province progressive and productive in terms of livestock production.”  He added, “May you use what you have  learned and share them.”

For his part Acting Provincial Agriculturist, Daniel Fernandez said “knowledge should be shared not kept.” This was affirmed by Wilborne Danda, Vice Chairman, Committee on Agriculture and Antonio Gamalinda, the Provincial Governor’s Media Officer and Spokesperson.

The UOA lectures were aired through Radio Station DXIR FM 94.3 from 5:00-5:30 in the morning, Monday to Friday anchored by Rex Lagasca  farmcaster and Chief, Support Service Division from the  Office of the Provincial Agricultural Office. He is joined by animal health care experts from the  office of the Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Elmer Nueva and Dr. Efren Davin.

The class started October of 2012 and lasted for five months. Farmers’ routine of waking up early to attend the class at 5 o’clock in the morning in their homes was paid off during their graduation day on March 25, 2013 where they received their certificate of completion.

The UOA is a program of the DA through its Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) headed by Maria Melba B. Wee.  The program drumbeats agricultural services and projects in various subjects using radio as the fastest means of communication in reaching out far-flung areas.

Also present in the graduation ceremonies were the municipal agriculturists, agricultural technologists from enrolled municipalities, and key officials from the Offices of the Provincial Agriculturist and Provincial Veterinarian. (MDaguro/DA9)

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