In a significant initiative aimed at bolstering the local rubber industry, the Philippine Rubber Research Institute recently conducted a two-day Capacity Development Training for Rubber Farmers in Simbalan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, on November 8-9, 2023.

This transformative event brought together 25 enthusiastic participants eager to enhance their skills and knowledge in crucial areas such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Pest and Disease Management, and specifically, the Pesta Leaf Fall Disease (PLFD).

The serene backdrop of Simbalan, Buenavista provided an ideal setting for the farmers to engage in immersive learning and collaborative discussions. The training sessions were designed to equip participants with the latest insights and strategies to optimize their rubber cultivation practices.

The core focus on Good Agricultural Practices addressed sustainable and environmentally friendly methods to boost rubber productivity. Participants delved into effective Pest and Disease Management techniques, gaining valuable insights to protect their rubber plantations from potential threats.

A highlight of the training was the in-depth exploration of the Pesta Leaf Fall Disease (PLFD), a significant concern in rubber farming. The participants received specialized knowledge and practical solutions to identify, prevent, and manage PLFD, ensuring the long-term health and vitality of their rubber crops.

The interactive nature of the training fostered a dynamic exchange of experiences among participants, creating a collaborative learning environment. Practical demonstrations and hands-on activities enriched the educational experience, providing farmers with tangible skills they can apply in their daily practices.

This Capacity Development Training signifies PRRI’s commitment to the growth and sustainability of the rubber industry in Agusan del Norte. By empowering local farmers with up-to-date knowledge and skills, PRRI aims to contribute to the overall improvement of rubber cultivation practices, economic growth, and community well-being.

The participants left the training equipped with newfound expertise, ready to implement innovative practices in their rubber farms. As the ripple effects of this training continue to spread, it is anticipated that the Agusan del Norte rubber industry will thrive, bringing prosperity to the hardworking farmers and the entire community.

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– Julius G. Biolango