BUTUAN City– More than two hundred agricultural college instructors, students and community farmers had themselves listed at a mass enrollment activity spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture 13 (DA-13 Caraga) through its information section, for the school on the air (SOA) in “Rice and Climate Change” recently.
On its published information released to the local media outlets here on Wednesday, said that their SOA has officially enrolled 258 students, composed of 20 college instructors, 97 college students from Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology (ASSCAT), and 141 rice farmers from the various villages of Bunawan town of Agusan del Sur.
For this year, DA said that their SOA will discuss the topic on rice and climate change good for four months every Friday, starting on July.
DA accordingly recognizes the need of information campaign to the rice farmers and agricultural students as they perform an important role for the agriculture sector in the region.
DA said that based on research and study, the agriculture sector is one of the most vulnerable sectors because of climate change.
The sector is largely dependent on climactic conditions, one of the most affected, putting food security at risk, according to DA.
This necessitates putting in place the adaption strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the sector and enhance the adoptive capacity of the rice farmers.
DA encourages the participation of the agriculture students through the SOA to build strong partnership with the youth for the future of the agriculture sector.
By the month of November as DA will celebrate the “Rice Awareness Month” 10 outstanding farmers, 10 college students and 2 college instructors will be recognized for their outstanding performance during the 4-month study in the SOA.
The activity is in partnership with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)-Agusan and Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council (RAFC) in coordination with the Provincial Agriculture Office of Agusan del Sur and the Municipal Agricultural Office of Bunawan. pna