Author: Philippine News Agency
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Farmer-leaders from various parts of the province gathered together for a two-day training and to get to know more about modern biotechnology.
Organized by the Asian Farmer’s Regional Network (ASFARNET) Philippine chapter – an organization of farmers and interested stakeholders promoting the interests of the farmers through technology, knowledge, communication and exchange activities – the farmers IEC (Information, Education and Communication) training-workshop held at the Palacio de Laoag Hotel on May 3-4, provided participants with relevant information about biotechnology and served as an option for farmers to grow their income.
Biotechnology as applied in agriculture is a technique to transfer gene/s of interest to make better products.
For multi-awarded organic farmer Romeo Ganiron of Barangay Ben-agan, Batac City, the training is essential for them to become aware of the latest trends and developments in agriculture and to be able to come up with wise decision later on.
“Biotechnology is something we are also concerned about. But we need to know more of the benefits and disadvantages. Is this safe for the people and the environment? I am into organic farming and so far, I am happy of the result,” Ganiron said of his three-hectare integrated farm in Batac City, which is a model in organic farming technologies.