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First Vegetable Derby highlights NEFVSC 8th anniversary celebration
CAG | 05/12/2011 04:34:09 PM

A vegetable derby which aimed to give vegetable farmers additional knowledge about the importance and advantages of using high quality vegetable seeds highlighted the 8th anniversary celebration of the Nueva Ecija Fruits and Vegetables Seed Center (NEFVSC) last March 17-18 on its 10-hectare which is part of the Central Luzon State University’s 658-ha campus.

Vegetable farmers and presidents of different vegetable growers associations from the different municipalities and cities of Nueva Ecija attended the training.

The first day of the celebration was dubbed as Training on Vegetable Production where NEFVSC crop production specialists gave lectures on the cultural management of particular crop group.
Eliseo De Guzman lectured on the production of corn and legumes (stringbeans), Mirasol Dumale on okra, Robilyn Sarmiento on cucurbits (ampalaya and bottle gourd), and Miguel Mina, Jr. on solanaceous crops (eggplant and tomato)”. Moreover, Jaime Quilantang of the CLSU Research Office gave a lecture on “Climate Change.”
The second day of the celebration was the “Field Day” attended by 447 participants which included vegetable farmers and officials and staff of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Government Office, of the Provincial Agriculturist and CLSU officials and staff. Visitors from as far as Masbate, Tacloban, Leyte, Tarlac, Bulacan, Samar, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Ilocos Norte, Northern Samar, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Laguna, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Siquijor, Naga and Pampanga also graced the field day.
They were all given the chance to see the different open-pollinated crops planted by NEFVSC and other crops including some hybrid vegetable varieties which were planted on the demonstration areas within the NEFVSC compound by other seed companies. Moreover, they were also able to see and learn about other production technologies employed in vegetable production such as the use of plastic mulch, trellising nets, and greenhouses or net barriers.

The technologies are for eggplant, patola, upo, squash, cauliflower, cabbage, corn and Chinese hybrid varieties of tomato and sweet pepper.

After the field visitation was a short program in which Dr. Jerry Rigos, city agriculturist of Muñoz, welcomed all the participants. He was followed by Mr. Serafin S. Santos, provincial agriculturist, who formally opened the program.
Mr. Bernardo M. Valdez, NEFVSC director, introduced the guest and participants and gave a short history of the center. Mr. Reynaldo Hilario, a successful vegetable farmer, also shared his story in vegetable farming. His story showed how small things can be turned into great things.
Provincial Administrator Alejandro R. Abesamis, Provincial Administrator, also gave an inspirational message. His message dwelt on how NEFVSC grows again as it changes its director.
Mr. Valdez said the NEFVSC anniversary celebration and the 1st Nueva Ecija Vegetable Derby inspired not only the vegetable farmers but also the NEFVSC staff to continuously conduct programs and activities that can help the farmers in achieving a better yield in farming.

The FVSC has been also serving as laboratory for some CLSU agriculture and engineering graduate and undergraduate students especially those conducting their theses/research work, Mr. Valdez added.

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