Central Luzon farmers, fisherfolk get technical assistance from DOST
Farmers and fisherfolk in Central Luzon are receiving technical assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under its Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program.
According to DOST Project Assistant III John Lerry Bautista, several DOST programs are helping build the capacity and provide livelihood opportunities for people in coastal towns, as well as those engaged in farming.
“One of the technical assistance that we [DOST] provide to our farmer group beneficiaries is the smart hybrid rice production technology where we help raise their level of knowledge when it comes to modern farming,” he said.
“This includes training and orientations on double mulching techniques, and using walk behind and riding transplanters. Our capability buildings also include awareness and seminars on rice production,” Bautista added.
The official said DOST also has a program for carrageenan, a type of foliar fertilizer, that can raise the yield and productivity of farmers. It also distributed compact brown rice impeller to farmer groups to capacitate them to process their harvest into brown rice.
“Seeing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nutritional status of the people, we thought it is best that DOST provides machinery to help ensure the availability of supply of brown rice to the communities,” Bautista said.
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