MAGALANG, PAMPANGA – More than 300 farmers will benefit from a low-cost farming technique introduced by a group of researchers from a state agricultural university here.
Dr. Norman De Jesus, director, Alternative Low Input Agricultural System (ALIAS) Center of Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), said they are teaching farmers to produce their own farm products and how to process their produce for value adding. They also guide them on how to market and sell their products.
“The symbiotic and systematized environment that the group introduced in the production of bio-fertilizer, lotus-tilapia integration, honey bee production, Adlai grains farming, and organic mulberry tree planting led to increased income for farmers, diversion of farm products, opening of new market opportunities and introduction of proper technology,” the research noted.
“All package of technology are being tailored fit to the intended beneficiary. We ensure the easy technology transfer so farmers can easily adopt them,” De Jesus said.
For their contributions to the development of agriculture, the PSAU ALIAS Center’s Initiatives to promote organic production systems received recognition from the national government.
President Rodrigo Duterte conferred this year’s Pag-asa Award of the Civil Service Commission to PSAU team. The awarding ceremony was held at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacañang Palace, San Miguel Manila on Wednesday (September 20).
Other team members of ALIAS Center are: Angelina De Jesus, Warlina Guzman, Regina Loria, Emmanuel Pangilinan, Elena Pineda, Rafael Rafael, Filomena Reyes, Ernesto Supan and Estrella Zabala.
The center is certified by NICERT, an independent organic certifying entity, an independent organic certifying identity, Ecoland and Good Agricultural Practices by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 3.