By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
MORE than 300 farmers from Iloilo and Capiz received their certificates after graduating from the Karbawan: School on the Air on Dairy Buffalo Production on Dec 20, 2018 in Leon, Iloilo.
The graduates were led by the top 10 finishers of the class after notching the highest scores in their exam – Melo Calumpita, Dolores Echeche, Rogelia Calumpita, Rex Glory, Jose Roberto, Castromayor, Henry Darjan, Jovito Bobotiok, Ryan Carmen, Genefer Condes and Isabelo Luscares.
In his speech, Eric Palacpac, head of Department of Agriculture, Philippine Carabao Center (PCC)-Knowledge Management Division (KMD) said that the commencement exercise is just a start of a journey towards becoming successful dairy buffalo farmers.
“Simula pa lang ito ng inyong journey para maging matagumpay na dairy buffalo farmers. Yung school on the air ay isang platform para magkaroon kayo ng pandaragdagang kaalaman,” he said.
Palacpac also challenged the graduates to apply their learnings from the school on the air.
“Kailangang ipractice niyo ang napakinggan niyo. Challenge ito sa lahat ng graduates para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagunlad ng ating kaalaman sa pagalaga ng dairy buffalo,” Palacpac said.
On August 4, 2018, the PPC, in partnership with the Agricultural Technology Institute Region VI (ATI-RVI) and Department of Agriculture Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (DA-RAFID)-6, launched the School-on-the-Air on Dairy Buffalo Production to further enhance the knowledge and skills of carabao keepers in Iloilo.
Topics on feeding management, health management, breeding management, carabao enterprise, and technology adoption were discussed during the airtime.
The learning platform aired for four months (August – November) every Saturdays over DYFM Bombo Radyo Iloilo and catered to around 500 farmer enrollees from six municipalities of Iloilo namely Calinog, Lambunao, Bingawan, Badiangan, Janiuay, Dueñas, Leon and Sapian in Capiz.