Bulacan conducts summit to boost farmers' capabilities

CITY OF MALOLOS: A total of 250 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) seeking latest relevant updates in agriculture joined the AEW Summit 2023 at the Merryland Integrated Farm and Training Center in Barangay Taal, Pulilan on Thursday, November 16.

The participants gathered to get updates on the current status and prospects in agriculture relevant to the provision of agricultural extension services.

Anchored on the theme "Dynamic Resilient Farming: Agriculture in the Age of Climate Transformation," several topics, including the Implementation of the National Soil Health Program, Collaborative Action in Addressing Soil, Land Degradation, Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss were discussed by engineer Oscar Carpio from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management.

Lawyer Eric Reynoso from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture discussed the web-based Integrated Spatial Engine and Smart Ecosystem Carbon Farming.

The awareness of El Niño phenomenon discussion was handled by Nestor Nimes from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, while the Central Luzon's Action Plan for El Niño was discussed by Lowell Rebillaco from DA-Regional Field Office 3.

In his message delivered by Crispin de Luna, Gov. Daniel Fernando cited the pivotal role of AEWs in guiding local farmers and fisherfolk.

Vice Gov. Alexis Castro recognized the relentless efforts of AEWs in the province, acknowledging their significant contribution in the improvement of agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors amid challenges.

The summit played an important role in equipping AEWs in the province with the latest knowledge necessary for guiding farmers in the face of evolving climatic challenges.