Digital Farmers Program rolls out in Region 02

Farmers from Cauayan City and San Mateo, Isabela have now easier and faster access to agri-fishery knowledge and information through the Digital Farmers Program (DFP) conducted on November 5 and 6, respectively.

The Digital Farmers Program is a collaborative project of the Agricultural Training Institute and Smart Communications Inc. that aims to empower local farmers through digital tools and technologies launched last June 7 and being conducted nationwide.

At least 100 farmers and 30 youths attended the two batches of DFP. The one-day session includes acquainting them with smartphone features and capabilities, social media, messaging applications, search engines, and internet safety.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources and decision support tools such as the e-extension portal, Rice Crop Manager, Rice Knowledge Bank, Rice Doctor, Binhing Palay App, and e-Damuhan App were also shared to the participants.

The participants were also taught basic phonetography and videography to document and share their innovations, good farming practices, and other activities. They can share their content in the DFP groups on Facebook and Telegram.

To sustain the interest of the youth-participants, a video contest was launched for the search for the best content among all the DFP sites in the country.

The partnership supports the goal of the government in advancing the adoption of advanced technology in farming such as the use of drones, analytics, precision farming, artificial intelligence, climate and weather monitoring, ICT solutions, digital apps and other multi-layer platforms that would involves basic knowledge of emerging technologies and deeper comprehension of its potential by its end-users.

“Hindi po dito ito natatapos, ang gusto po natin ay maiugnay ito sa iba pang ginagawa ng Department of Agriculture, ng inyong mga samahan at kooperatiba, upang mapataas pa ang inyong kita… Ito ay bahagi ng layunin ng Smart na magbigay kaalaman kung papaano makatutulong ang teknolohiya na mapataas ang ani at kita ng mga magsasaka,” said Darwin F. Flores, Vice President for Community Partnerships of Smart Communications Public Affairs Group.