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ATI in SOX remains committed in its goal to assist AgRiDOC trainees in the implementation of all learning they have attained during the season-long training.
AgRiDOC trainees of the on-going AgriDOC training were trained on Pomology or the science of growing fruit. The topic covered lecture-discussion on the sexual and different asexual propagation techniques of fruit trees.
One unique activity of the AgRiDOC training is the conduct of AgRiKapihan. This activity is a simple gathering of AgRiDOC trainee's and farmers, usually composed of around 25-30 individuals, who will talk about the different issues and concerns in rice farming over a cup of coffee and pandesal.
AgRiDOC trainees of ATI-XII conducted ocular inspection and field test of the rice doctor mobile application in the municipality of Maitum, Sarangani Province last February 11, 2017.
The 1-hectare farm visited was owned by Mr. Julito C. Ramirez, a native of Maitum and a farmer practitioner for almost 35 years. During the field walk, various rice diseases were observed by the training participants, to wit; bacterial leaf blight (BLB) and sheath blight, among others. There was also visible damage caused by rodents.
The Sebul Farm, located in the enchanted municipality of Lake Sebu, the tourism and summer capital of the Province of South Cotabato, springs a natural farm with lots of opportunities waiting.
As soon as R.A. 10816, the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016 came out barely a year ago, a good number of enterprising farmers from Region XII began to transform their farms into farm tourism sites in support to the call.
With the enactment of R.A. 10816, known as the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, Farm Tourism sites began mushrooming not only in Luzon but even in Mindanao. Few enterprising farmers in SOX (Region XII) answered the call and took the challenge of transforming their farms into farm tourism sites.
President Benigno S. C. Aquino III signed into law R.A. No. 10816, also known as the “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016” (the “Act”), on May 23, 2016. The idea behind this is Act is mainly recognizing the importance of agriculture in sustaining and enhancing human life, not just in terms of food production, but also in providing livelihood to a major portion of the population,
The GerNil Farms, owned and managed by Mr. and Mrs. Gerardo Cordero, is composed of 3 parcels of agricultural farms, all are located in Brgy. Topland, Koronadal City. The farm is obviously a picture of a hardworking owners and believers of organic farming as it boasts organically-grown cacao, coconut, banana, mangosteen, guyabano, and lanzones. They are also into “palay-isdaan”, a farming activity combining palay and tilapia for greater production and income.
Aside from SOX’s scenic spots, beaches, mountains and bodies of water, farm lands are among the most prominent natural feature of Region XII. With the advent of Farm Tourism, a good number of enterprising farmers from the region who believe in its economic benefits develop their farms into farm tourism sites.
Farming is an integral aspect of Filipino culture. From here, the trade can easily be cultivated into a “farm tourism” activity as it gained increasing popularity in and out of the country. Farm Tourism is simply a literal combination of the words “farm” and “tourism” which basically involves farm or agricultural-based activity intent of drawing visitors for first-hand experiences in farming for recreational and educational purposes.
Three ATI-XII personnel undergone a 3-day Seminar on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS) “Zero Tolerance to Corruption” (Batch 1) last February 7-9, 2017 held at Microtel, Gen. Santos City. Staffs sent were Mr. Jessie V. Beldia, Ph.D., Information Officer III, Imee G. Tablingon, CPA, Accountant I, and Michelle G.
ATI-XII sent Mr. Jessie V. Beldia, Ph.D., Information Officer III and Focal Person on Rice Crop Manager (RCM) to Chali’s Place in Cagayan de Oro City last January 31-February 2, 2017 to attend the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) National Assessment. He was with his DA-RFO XII counterparts, namely: Mr. Loreto Pagarigan, Ms Rosa P. Allera and Ms Ma.
It was in September 16, 2016 when the Center was recommended by the TuvSud for ISO 9001-2008 Certification. This was after the mind-blowing final audit conducted by the 3rd Party Auditors on the same day.
The Agricultural Training Institute XII makes sure that clients being served will receive utmost quality of customer service. For this year, according to the report presented by Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Bai Moniera M. Salilama, the center has excellently served its clienteles.
Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is now 30 years old. Growing as an organization does not come easy. Like many other organization ATI itself has its share of struggle and challenges. Though ATI has endured the countless hardships through the years as it continue to move forward in the realization of quality delivery extension service to all its clientele.
To assess the Center’s performance for the year 2016 and ensure smooth implementation of the Activities for 2017, the Office of the Center Director spearheaded the conduct of the Year-end Assessment and Planning Workshop on January 11-13, 2017 at Mt. Sabrina Resorts, General Santos City which was attended by all ATI-RTC XII regular and job-order staff.
In an age where netizens both young and old hunger for new contents almost daily, relevant and engaging information should be readily available at all times. To somehow quench their thirst for information and educate them as well at the same time, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is keen on delivering relevant online courses to all Filipinos as part of its mandate to reach out as many sector of the society.
Mindanao has vast diverse agricultural products. There is huge economic potential in strawberry production, but one of the challenge of growing strawberry is that it thrives in cold climate.
To boost Farm Tourism initiatives in Cotabato province, especially in Strawberry demonstration farm being established in Makilala and Alamada, the Provincial Government of Cotabato specifically requested a training on strawberry production.