By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia
Ereberto Jucaban, the 2017 Regional Gawad Saka Outstanding Integrated Farmer of Western Visayas, continues to train farmers on rice-based integrated farming system at the Pagsanga-an Farm School established in 2013 and located at Barangay Pagsanga-an, Pavia, Iloilo.
As one of the learning sites of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center VI, his farm school has many components such as rain shelter, fishpond, rice and vegetable production area.
Jucaban was exposed to rice production trainings, seminars, and expository tours sponsored by the Department of Agriculture which made him a farmer leader, farmer technician, and agricultural trainer.
Using Palay Check System, Jucaban converted his farm to a learning center where farmers from different municipalities and provinces learn about rice technologies, rice varieties, and rice farm integration.
Because of initiative and diligence, Jucaban through his farm school has become an inspiration to farmers.