Erbie delivers more inputs, steps up support for farmers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 March 2013 11:28

District 2 Rep. Erbie A. Fabian has stepped up efforts in assisting farmers increase productivity by staging a series of seminar to re-introduce the revolutionary practice of vermiculture and vermin composting.

Vermicompost is the product or process of composting using various worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, also called worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by an earthworm.

It is a revolutionary practice in the production of cheap organic fertilizer to supplement inputs in farms and increase productivity.

Technicians from Manila were flown in to lecture and demonstrate on the positive response introducing vermiculture in farming can bring about at very minimal costs.

Cong. Fabian, a strong advocate of agricultural productivity in the effort of achieving food security and self-sufficiency in the city, expressed high hopes the adoption of vermiculture here in the city is ideal due to favorable weather conditions, availability of adequate irrigation and the quality of arable lands in the city.

“These days when the price of farm inputs are continually increasing, it is always a good idea to try out different methods of producing fertilizers and farm additives especially if these are organic in nature to help ease the burden of farmers and make available to them readily available technology to improve yield,” Fabian said.

He added that Zamboanga City has got what it takes to become food sufficient and it is high time local farmers get the much needed help it can from the government.

“This is our way of emphasizing our commitment to the agriculture sector here that we fully support farmers in the city,” Fabian said.

The program is being pursued in pinpointed barangays of the East Coast and has started in the Brangays of Manicahan and Culianan last week and continues with stops in Vitali and Quiniput this week to hundreds of farmers in the areas.

Barangay leaders in the East Coast have expressed gratitude to Cong. Fabian in his continuing efforts to support the agricultural sector of the city.

Fabian has delivered millions of pesos in infrastructure and delivery of farm implements and inputs to farmers in the East Coast by way of constructing farm to market roads, construction and rehabilitation of bridges and irrigation facilities, delivery of pre and post-harvest facilities, delivery and distribution of free high yield seedlings to farmers and staging seminars and fora on the latest agricultural technology to keep farmers abreast of the latest trends in farming.

It is also in the solon’s 10-point agenda, to prioritize agricultural productivity in the city in our desire to become sufficient in food production in the years to come.