Bocaue, Bulacan – The Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) conducted the first of the Series of Techno-Demo/Fora on Agri-Related Technologies at the Livelihood Productivity and Training Center (LPTC) Northville 5 Brgy. Batia, Bocaue, Bulacan last 21 December 2017.
The activity is part of TAPI’s commitment to promote the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development’s (PCAARRD) Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (AANR) Technologies.
The seventy (70) participants are beneficiaries/awardees of the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) relocation sites in St. Martha and Northville 5 of Batia, Bocaue, Bulacan. They are members of the families who were classified as informal settlers living along clogged waterways in Quezon City, families occupying areas identified by the government as danger zones and families that were affected by road widening.
Speakers Dr. Norman G. De Jesus and Dr. Rodel G. Maghirang talked about Organic Agriculture/Vegetable Farming and Dr. Chito F. Sace, on Farming the Future Through Soiless Agriculture (Hydroponics and Aquaponics).
The techno-demo/fora encouraged the participants to engage in an alternative, diversified and value-adding way of farming using technology-based farming and food storing techniques.
“I am thankful with DOST-TAPI and the speakers for giving us time and sharing their knowledge about alternative ways of growing plants without using pesticides. I did not think that fertilizers may be produced at home”, said Ms. Nemia Rellama, one of the participants.
Mr. Mar Enriquez, one of the participants was thankful for the opportunity DOST-TAPI and the speakers gave to them. “We learn the safer way to get rid of the pests and using organic fertilizers and pesticides for the plants”, he said.
The next techno-demo/fora is set on the first quarter of 2018.