To enhance the capacity of agricultural extension workers / agricultural technologists, and farmers on farm management as a business and knowledge on how to manage climate change risks, a Training of Trainers on Climate Resilient Farm Business School (CRFBS) was conducted on March 11-21, 2019 at ATI – RTC 02, Malasin, Isabela. The TOT was participated by selected farmers, agricultural technicians, agricultural extension workers, training assistants and agriculturists from the province of Isabela and Cagayan.
A total of 25 participants were equipped with knowledge, skills and techniques on climate resilient farm business school through lecture-discussion, hands-on exercise and field visit.
Making the most of the learning process, participants were divided into four groups for them to actively participate in all the hands-on activities. Each participant was able to experience the hands-on exercise especially on the preparation of their farm business plan and training proposal for piloting climate- smart farm business school in their respective areas.
The participants were able to developed farm business plans with enterprises such as Mallard Duck, Tomato, Pepper, Fish Production, Goat Raising, Rice with Chilimansi and Gabi, Piggery, Banana and Corn Production.
“Farming in not only for passion, it’s also for business, as you produce you will earn, you will have your profit.” Dr. Marites E. Frogoso, ATI-RTC 02 Chief of Operations said.
Their experiences in the said training opened an avenue for them to engage in farm business school as they realized its potential as an income generating activity. They also learned the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to ensure safer supply and not only for domestic use but also in the ASEAN market.
After the training, participants were expected conduct a season long training out of their their submitted proposal.
she said that “Marami akong natutunan, lalong lalo na sa farm business school at farm business planning activity na ginawa naming sa training na ito,” Ms. Rouella S. Melegrito shared.
“Nagpapasalamat kami dahil hindi kayo nagsasawang turuan kaming mga Farmers at farmer leaders. Sana ay patuloy kayong magbahagi ng kaalaman ninyo sa kapwa naming farmers upang mas marami pa kaming matutunan sa mga makabagong teknolohiya sa farming,” Mr. Vicente M. Pabrua added. ###Queenly Mae G. Magyawi (OJT)