The on-demand trainings on organic vegetable production started in 2016 due to the demand of a potential partner-client. It was right in time for the implementation of the station’s Techno-Demo Project for the mentioned commodity since 2014.
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This training aims to provide interested growers with knowledge and skills in mushroom production technology. Mushroom production is a potential livelihood enterprise, considering its profitability and viability. The abundance of readily available substrate for mushroom production pushed the station to develop this training package that can be availed by more clients.
The Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) has been developing high quality crop varieties for the past 40 years. It has also developed technologies that best serve its clients. The IPB Extension Program was designed to make sure that these varieties and technologies reach their intended users.
In response to its mandate to do research, training and extension activities on production, processing and marketing of various crops and livestock, UPLBCAFS-LGRTS disseminates planting materials. Specifically, it provides asexually propagated planting materials of various fruit trees to fruit farmers of the region.
This is an effort that caters to walk-ins and callers who inquire on specific concerns that are within the scope of the research, extension and production programs of the station. Commonly clients would inquire on recommended farming practices for a specific crop and immediate remedy for some common pests and diseases (farmers). They would also inquire about references for investigatory projects and short term production services like the culture of mushroom, asexual propagation methods, identification of plant species, sources of project materials (students), as well as references for production practices of plantation crops, epidemic diseases, sources of publication materials, mushroom culture, advises on possible research activities for agri-based business enterprises (professionals/industries).
This training provides participants opportunity to gain skills and knowledge on plant asexual propagation techniques, which include cutlage, marcotting or layering, budding, grafting, and others.
LGRTS has been engaging in the activity since 1980.
Good quality planting material is one of the main factors in increasing production. These planting materials should be accessible to farmers when needed and at cost affordable to farmers. This service aims to make readily available good quality planting materials to farmers at reasonable prices.
Organic agriculture is one of the specializations offered in senior high school under the Department of Education’s new K-12 program. This training started when the office was invited to send lecturers related to organic agriculture and native chicken production was one of the topics.
This is an on-farm replication of researches and techno-demo of mostly funded projects in partnership with farmer groups or communities. This was started during the early years of the station, was discontinued, and was revived in 2015. In principle, this engagement uses the facilities and resources of partner groups or communities, such as their area and labor force, to replicate studies and technology on a certain commodity (either crops or animals).
These training classes that are offered to 3rd year agriculture students is an undertaking of a consortium named La Granja Research and Development Center (LGARDC). This consortium, of which the station is a member, is composed of four other agencies namely, the Sugar Regulatory Administration-La Granja Agricultural Research & Extension Center (SRA-LGAREC), the Bureau of Plant Industry-La Granja National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-LGNCRDPSC), Department of Agriculture Negros Occidental Research Outreach Station (DA-NOROS) and the Philippine Carabao Center-La Carlota Stock Farm (PCC-LCSF). Since its establishment in the 1970’s, numerous agriculture students had benefitted from these trainings.