Farmers of the Obu Manuvu indigenous people availed of a training-workshop on natural farming technology systems throughout October to November 3 in Sitio Ladi-an, Marilog District, Davao City.
The 40 farmers learned to make indigenous micro-organisms, fermented plant juice and fruit juice, fish amino acid, and natural insect attractants for use as inputs to farm production.
The ingredients that were used included rice, muscovado sugar, manure from chicken and animals, camote tops, banana fibers, certain fruits, fish, and vinegar to produce the various natural farm inputs.
The natural technology products were used on farms growing lettuce, cucumber, chayote, eggplant, corn, and tomatoes in the agro-forestry project in the UP Mindanao Land Reservation in Marilog.
According to UP Mindanao Land Reservation Officer Joel Sagadal, the training-workshop aims to lessen reliance by the farmers on synthetic chemicals, increase their income, and conserve the environment.