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By: Roselle D. Lopez and Trinidad Sager

Cassava, one of the main staples of the Filipino fare, is a very versatile crop and can be made into a variety of products. A source of income for most farmers in upland Tanay, a sizeable harvest will give growers a welcome increase in earnings.

To enhance the knowledge and skills of the farmers in cassava production, the Department of Science and Technology in the partnership of Department of Agrarian Reform-Rizal Province conducted a three-day training on cassava production with Organization of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Farmers of Inalsan, Inc. (OARBFII) from 4-6, May 2022.

OARBFII is one of the organizations assisted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Rizal and is located in the upland part of Sitio Pantay, Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal. Cassava production is one of the group’s main source of revenue.

Through the expertise of Dr. Alexander Abrazado, the Dean of College of Agriculture of the University of Rizal System-Tanay Campus, the organization learned various techniques and strategies in boosting cassava yield. Dr. Abrazado discussed land preparation, cutting preparation, soil enrichment (organic and inorganic), lay-outing, planting, weeding, pest management and harvesting of cassava.

On the second day, Dr. Abrazado demonstrated the actual procedures: from land preparation, leading to the planting of cassava. The OARBFII members who participated also expressed their gratitude for the instructions and knowledge in cassava production that they gained.