The fifth batch of Farmer Livestock School on Dairy Buffalo Production (FLS-DBP) was successfully launched at the municipal agricultural office of Lal-lo, Cagayan last May 25.
The FLS-DBP is a 34-week (once-a-week) learning modality that uses participatory tools and adult learning principles all aimed at facilitating meaningful learning on the various aspects of dairy buffalo production. The modality, consisting of interactive technical and practical sessions, was developed by a team of experts from the PCC in cooperation with the Livestock Research Division of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). A team of facilitators (farmers, LGU personnel, and staff of PCC@Cagayan State University) from Cagayan recently underwent an intensive workshop at the PCC national headquarters in Nueva Ecia prior to engaging the farmer-enrollees.
In attendance during the launch were 26 farmer-enrollees, Lal-lo municipal agricultural officer Jimmy Bacuyag and his staff, Center Director Franklin Rellin and key staff of PCC@Cagayan State University, and Division Chief Eric Palacpac of the PCC’s Knowledge Management Division (KMD), who is the lead proponent of FLS-DBP.
Lal-lo Municipal Administrator Federico Artieta represented Mayor Florante Pascual in delivering an inspirational message during the opening program, which assured full support of the local government to the FLS-DBP. The LGU of Lal-lo has actually provided counterpart funding and other assistance for the learning event. No less than Vice Mayor Florence Oliver Pascual, who loves livestock, reassured the PCC of the LGU’s full commitment to extend assistance to the FLS-DBP during a courtesy call in his office later that day.
The FLS-DBP in Lal-lo is expected to be completed in late December 2018 or early January 2019.