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September 20, 2013 – The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region XI, has recently launched a program dubbed as “Expanded Modified Rapid Composting (EMRC)” in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. Rice Farmers coming from the different barangays in the municipality convened at St. Francis Javier Parish Hall to take part as the recipient of the program.
Modified Rapid Composting (MRC) is the in-site decomposition of rice hay using compost fungus activator, Trichoderma harzianum, at a rate of 20 packs per hectare. Expanded Modified Rapid Composting (EMRC), on the other hand, is utilizing residual NPK from decomposed rice hay thru rapid composting combined with organic fertilizer produced through vermicomposting on rice production farms.
Hon. Councilor Gerry Bert Catada, Chairman-Committee on Agriculture represented the Hon. Mayor Vicente D. Orencia, graced the event. In his message, he was quite thankful to all the farmers who have shown positive support on all endeavors of the Local Government Unit. He also expressed his gratitude to the BSWM staff for considering Governor Generoso to be a recipient of the program.
BSWM personnel Evelyn C. Malubay, OFPP/EMRC Regional Focal Person, DA-RFU-XI, and Engr. Rejean J. Zulueta, PRO II-DA-BSWM, were the one’s tasked to enlighten the farmers for the rationale and EMRC project protocol.
According to Ms. Malubay, EMRC targets to address the concern of soil fertility deterioration; help the farmers in the soaring prices of synthetic fertilizers; preserve the degrading soil and water resources; and promoting the conversion of conventional to organic-based farming system.
The program also aims to establish a cost-efficient, competitive and sustainable agricultural production system, and ensure a long-term economic farm productivity through organic-based farming.
Engr. Zulueta explained to the farmers what is stated in the protocol – from the criteria for the selection of farmer cooperators, selection of production farms, selection of seeds and application of organic fertilizer. Integrated in the protocol are the components of the EMRC production Farm (per hectare basis) which includes 10 bags of vermicast, 20 sachets Trichoderma harzianum, 1 pack microbial inocculant (@250 gms/pack), 1 bag urea, 1 bag 14-14-14 fertilizer, and Vermitea as the farmer’s counterpart.
The farmers were also taught to produce their own vermitea using vermicast as a raw material.
Moreover, the LGU through the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) will also work on the production of Vermicast and vermitea to assist those farmers who can’t generate their own.