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Nov 18 2014

The trend in agricultural extension is ever-evolving. Gone are the days of production-focused extension as agriculture sector has expanded extension activities to include promotion of entrepreneurship and marketing.

Oct 20 2014

MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija – There are two million farmers in the Philippines but only about 3,000 full-time rice extension workers serving the information and technology needs of these farmers. This clearly indicates a shortage of rice extension workers and as a result, lack of information on new technologies for farmers is prevalent.

Oct 15 2014

DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Farm Business School (FBS) which is implemented under the projectCapacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access”, through collaboration of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services (AMAS), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) conducted its third Project Steering Committee meeting last October 15, 2014 at the ATI Boardroom, Diliman, Quezon City.

Sep 29 2014

MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija – New e-Learning Courses, new partner.

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently collaborated with Philippine-Sino Center for Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) for new online courses on mechanized rice transplanting technologies.

Sep 22 2014

ANTIPOLO City – As the globalization of agricultural systems continues, small farmers tend to lose more than to gain from this occurrence. While the market-oriented nature of the new system has presented opportunities for increasing profitability, small holder farmers and farmer associations in developing countries like the Philippines have inadequate capacities to respond to requirements of the market. Building the capacities of these small holder farmers to address these challenges is crucial for the profitability of their farms and long-term sustainability.

Sep 22 2014

ANTIPOLO CITY – For smallholder farmers to have a successful transition from a production-oriented to a market-oriented farm operation the challenge lies on improving their knowledge and skills in managing their farms as business units linked to markets.

Fresh from graduating in the Farm Business School (FBS), a total of 70 farmer-leaders from Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya participated in the “Enhancement Training on Facilitating Farm Business School (FBS) and Market Access.”

ATI Director Asterio Saliot

Oct 02 2014

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Sep 16 2014

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Sep 15 2014

Trickling down and expanding diversely in the different regions, the Agricultural...

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 Defying most conventional beliefs on agriculture and challenging traditional farming system, he dared to demonstrate that growing food and eating them fresh in one’s backyard can be done---regardless of location and circumstances.

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Pat Acosta, A Pioneer in Organic Farming in Benguet (photo by Ben Natividad)

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Pat Acosta can be considered a peculiar farmer.

This statement can be a little bit exaggerated but no one can deny that he is one of the pioneers in the emergence of organic agriculture in the province of Benguet. If one examines the methods he uses in his farming it may be as he terms it “going back to the basics of agriculture,” where farming shouldn’t be as complicated as it may seem now. Organic farming according to Acosta can be described as simple farming, no need for chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides and all you need to worry about is the health of your soil.