DA gives livelihood to Lapuyan women PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014 11:52

Colorful asters, stunning rose buds, beautiful tulips and gorgeous angels made from corn husk were learned by some members of the Lapuyan Women’s Association and the Kasamahang Magsasaka Association during the Corn By Product Handicraft Hands-On Training in Lapuyan, Zamboanga Del Sur last August 26-27.

A total of 30 women actively participated the two-day hands-on training conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through its Institutional Development Services Section (IDSS) facilitated by its chief,  Mr. Erwin Rodriguez.

This training aims to give value to what is considered waste and obtain income out of it.  “Making beautiful flowers, angels, and other decorative designs using corn husks give livelihood to the farmer-mothers with a very low capital. We are hitting two birds in one stone here encouraging mothers to have additional income and recycling corn husks instead of burning them,” said Rodriguez.

Member of Lapuyan Women’s Association, Ms. Rowela Bayamban, 30 years old, a resident of Barangay Mahalingeb, Lapuyan Zamboanga Del Sur joined the training for the second time said “what I learned last year was very useful. During my sister’s wedding, I made the floral decoration in the church and in the reception. I am also into floral arrangement now in our church during thanksgiving, in our barangay on fiestas and in school for special events. With my products, people have appreciated them and got some orders like dozens of tulips. I sell them at P20.00- P35.00 a dozen depending on the style and the buyer’s choice that will fit to their budget.” She added,  “ joining here for the second time is learning new trends like the making of angels and dolls. Surely, this is an additional income again.”

Violeta Quirong, 48, a resident of Barangay Katibong, Poblacion Lapuyan, Zamboanga Del Sur and a member of Kasamahang Magsasaka Association said “I enjoyed the training and I am very happy because I have been waiting for this. Now I have learned many things, I never thought that all those husks that we were burning after harvest were valuable. After this training, I have decided to be very careful in removing the husk from the cob to ensure quality husk to be used in my crafts. This is an additional income and also a help in saving our environment from pollution.”

The same training will be conducted in Bayog and Aurora both in Zamboanga Del Sur and Malangas in Zamboanga Sibugay that will be participated by 30 women per municipality. — MDaguro/DA9