Students of Bachelor of Science in Agroforestry of the Department of Agroforestry (DAF), College of Forestry and Environmental Studies went on a field trip to various forestry schools and institutions from December 13 to 17 last year.
Headed by Prof. Jaime B. Baes, department chair of DAF, the study tour included 21 DAF students enrolled in AF 101 (Agroforestry Taxonomy), Soil Science 101 (Soil Science), Crop Protection 101 (Integrated Pest Management), AF 108 (Industrial Agroforestry Project), AF 109 (Agroforestry Nursery Management) and AF 121 (Agroforestry Practicum). Professors Dino A. Sabellina and Marilyn P. Lunzaga, DAF faculty members, helped manage the group.
The Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental was the first stop-over. The group was shown around by Dr. Elpidio Bautista, MOSCAT President; Prof. Fern Mercado, Board Secretary; and Prof. Medardo Cosadio, Faculty, Institute of Agroforestry. The students had the chance to observe and learn from the school’s contour farming demo farm which was planted to fruit trees, vegetables, bananas and rubber. MOSCAT’s vermicomposting gave the students a bright idea on how to enrich the soil organically. Their rainforestation venture was also awesome with the establishment of manmade dipterocarp stand (commercial trees) using wildlings which are actually very delicate. These types of trees usually grow in the wild.
Second stop was the World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Research Center in Claveria. The institute boasts of an agroforestry demo farm, a household integrated rubber-based farming system, and good nursery practices.
The Mountain View College stop-over in Bukidnon was interesting as students were introduced to an organic demo farm fertilized by animal manure. The farm supplies the vegetable requirements of the students staying in the institution’s dormitories. The college also introduced the students on tour to the income-generating project, the rubber plantation which is intercropped with vegetables.
A visit to Malasag Park in Cagayan de Oro City promised was a very refreshing way to cap the study tour. This ecotourism park boasts of peace and quiet, a beautiful view of the city an aviary and other amenities that brings one closer to nature. (Prof. Jaime B. Baes, Chair, CFES-DAF)