One of the challenges in the agriculture sector is the declining interest towards farming among the younger generation. Heeding the call to increase awareness on agriculture, particularly Organic Agriculture (OA), the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) 11 conducted the 1st ever Regional Kabataang OA Quiz Bee on October 28, 2019.
This activity is designed not only to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the students in OA, but more importantly, it is a way to boost enrollment in agriculture and agriculture-related courses, and promote to the younger generation the opportunities if they engage in farming and agri-related enterprise.
“I am happy that you are here; it means that you are responding to the challenge of Agriculture regarding our aging farmers. We need more sudents and youth to engage in agriculture because you are the hope of our nation.”, said Center Director Dante G. Esguerra in his welcome remarks.
The delegates for the quiz bee are the 3rd and 4th year Agriculture students and 4-H members from University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP)- Mabini Campus, Davao del Norte State College (DNSC)- Talaingod Campus, Compostela Valley State College (CVSC)- Main Campus, Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST).
Mr. Jesnar A. Latiban of DOSCST was declared champion and he will be representing Davao region in the National Quiz Bee on November 4-6, 2019 in Los Banos, Laguna. The other winners are Mr. Albin Sambalod of CVSC (2nd), Ms. Cecille Ross Kilat and Ms. Veverlyn Albero both from USEP (3rd and 4th, respectively), and Mr. John Ryan Bongo of DOSCST (5th).
All winners received corresponding cash prizes and certificates, and regional winner Mr. Latiban will also be given slots for the trainings under the OA Program in 2020.
“This is just the first of many innovations that we will be conducting to fire up the interest of our younger generation towards organic agriculture. I hope you can share to others the beauty of farming, because you are the next generation of our farmers.” Emelia M. Gadingan, TCS I, said.