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NPC partners with DA for training on organic fertilizer production

To provide an alternative livelihood to the members of the community, NPC’s Buhi Barit Watershed Area Team (BBWAT) has conducted a two-day training on vermicomposting to 60 members of Community Resource Warden-Bantay Watershed Task Force, Inc. (CREW-BWTF); Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and MENRO personnel of the Municipality of Buhi in Merlsig Reception Hall in Buhi, Camarines Sur.

The training was conducted in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center V. The resource person was Ms. Luisita B. Navo, an organic agriculture expert who shared her knowledge and personal experiences on vermicomposting.

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.

Vermicompost can be sold as fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is a feasible source of income since it requires minimal production cost. It likewise provides environment equilibrium conservation as it effectively manages organic wastes and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers.

The training concluded with the participants sharing their action plans on their newly acquired knowledge. Certificates of completion were then awarded to the participants.

NPC manages the Buhi Barit Watershed that supports geothermal power plants in Albay region. It provides livelihood programs to stakeholders/communities to discourage them from doing harmful activities to or in the watershed.