A community empowerment project to ensure sustainable farming for 221 farmers in a former conflict area in Barangay Payauan, Candoni, Negros Occidental, has been launched, organic farming advocate Ramon Uy said Thursday, July 1.
The former rebel conflict area is now a zone of peace, he said.
The beneficiaries formerly hardened by conflict and hunger will be part of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) project, Uy, Ecological and Agricultural Development Foundation Inc. (Eco Agri) president, said.
The Department of Science in Technology and EcoAgri turned over project equipment worth P1,454,198 to the beneficiaries.
Uy said the beneficiaries of the project are members of the Alunoy-Payauan Irrigators Association, Payauan Farmers Association, and Tablas Sitau Small Water Impounding System Association, and 700 pupils from the Brgy. Payauan Elementary School and Caningay National High School Brgy. Payauan Extension.
The farmers will be taught how to produce organic fertilizer and engage in organic farming, Uy said.
Later they will also be provided with a machine shop and trained on how to produce and repair farming equipment to further improve their lives, he said.
The two public schools will be provided computers equipped with Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks or STARBOOKS, he said.
STARBOOKS is the country’s first science and technology (S&T) digital library in a box.*