Vigan farmers turn to new farm technologies

By Nila O. Argel, PIA-Ilocos Sur


VIGAN CITY — Farmers and agricultural technicians here have started adopting new agriculture-related technologies.

Hydroponics, for instance, is a method of growing plants in nutrient-enriched water instead of soil.

City agriculturist Teresita Raboy said that the hydroponics project, put up at the Vigan City Greenhouse, helps eliminate plant pests, viruses and diseases and increase plant production.

“In a climate-controlled area, soil-born insects, funguses, viruses and diseases are eliminated entirely through the hydroponic system. Invasion of spider mites, can be easily eradicated and almost always without pesticides,” Raboy said.

The technology has been found to produce higher yield, more plant population, shorter plant maturity without the use of fertilizer, she added.

Raboy also encouraged farmers to adapt new technologies on rice production for higher yield.

For example, the use of hybrid, certified seeds can produce up to 30 percent additional rice ensuring farmers of greater income and the country to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2013.

This is in support to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s declaration this year as ‘National Year of Rice’ to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2013.

For the wet cropping season from June to November, the city agricultural office has recently released 26 bags of hybrid seeds and 65 bags of certified seeds to 60 interested farmers who are members of farmers’ association in the city.#