BUTUAN CITY - To help farmers in making their crops resilient from the adverse climate, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)-RTC 13 in collaboration with the Local Government Units (LGUs) spearheaded the launching of Climate Resiliency Farm Business School (CRFBS) in 5 different municipalities of Caraga Region, namely: RTRomualdez, Agusan del Norte; Mainit, Surigao del Norte; Lapaz, Agusan del Sur; Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands and San Miguel, Surigao del Sur in June this year.
The activity is a major output of the Season Long Training of Trainers on Climate Resiliency Farm Business School (now on its Phase 2). Classes for the CRFBS will be a weekly training for 21 weeks until October 2019.
CRFBS is one of the innovative strategies of ATI to mainstream climate-resilient agriculture technologies for its Agriculture and Fisheries programs, being the core bureau for Training and Extension of the Department of Agriculture. It was attended by farmers, barangay officials, Provincial and Municipal Agriculture Offices’ representatives, and ATI personnel.
Caerian B. Muga, Technical staff of ATI-Caraga presented the overview of CRFBS – Farmers’ Field School (FFS). According to him the program aimed to capacitate the farmers to become “Agripreneurs,” and to adopt the challenges of changing climate to the agriculture sector. Further, it encourages a re-shift of rice farming from production-focused farming to market-oriented farming. He also discussed farm business management and planning to climate and weather information systems beneficial for the community. Special topics include “Risk Reduction in Agriculture and Farming as a Business”.
Each FFS site will have a Farmer cooperator and Participatory Technology Demonstration (PTD) Area for the study. A total of 150 farmers, 30 farmers per site served as the participants.