To give additional livelihood project to the inmates of San Pablo City, jail personnel, headed by J/SInsp. Arvin T. Abastillas, undergone a seminar on vermiculture last Feb. 17 at Ato Belen’s Farm at Brgy. San Juan, this city. Jail Officers J/S Inspectors Adelaida Taburada, Jerome Soriano and Victor Manalo also attended the seminar.

Mr. Renato Belen or Ma Ato, the Farm Owner, discussed the farming system of Vermiculture, its techniques and procedures. SPCDJ officers and personnel learned the whole process of worm farming and its uses. They also toured the whole farm and visited the demo site for the vermiculture. Aside from vermiculture, Ma Ato also discussed Fish Emulsion, Lactobacilli and Organic Farming.

According to Jail Warden Abastillas the information and techniques they learned in vermiculture will be shared to the inmates. He added that this technology can be an additional livelihood to the inmates aside from their handicraft projects inside the jail.

Ma Ato added that Vermiculture which literally means worm farming is one of the best solutions for addressing many of our current ecological problems including climate change and food security. Earthworms aerate, till and fertilize the soil, thus, improving the soil structure, nutrient and water holding qualities of soil. ■