MALLIG, Isabela. The Local Government Unit of Mallig, Isabela found the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center helpful to their farmers. Launched on Thursday December 18, 2019, the FITS Center is now ready to serve the farmers and other stakeholders of the municipality on the provision of information and technology services.
A catalytic fund of 100,000 pesos was turned over to the LGU for internet connectivity and reproduction of IEC materials.
Municipal officials, CVARRD Consortium Director, Dr. Miladis Afidchao, PMA Representative of the Isabela State University Roxas Campus, Dr. Janet Cunanan and ATI Techno Gabay Program Coordinator Ms. Ma. Norma Maddalora spearheaded the cutting of the ribbon.
Speakers during the program urged farmers to make use of the FITS Center. Mr. Florentino Somera, Jr, Municipal Agriculturist said that the establishment of the FITS Center is fit to the farmers because it will provide them information and technology that will improve their farming practices. It was also supported by SB Member Wilfredo Pascual challenging farmers to always visit the Center for their information and technology needs.
Ms. Ma. Norma Maddalora presented the services that can be availed from the Center from technical assistance, provision of information, education and communication (IEC) materials technology trainings, source of planting materials, provision of information technology services. That’s why she urged the LGU to have the FITS Center internet connected and continue to populate the Center with IEC materials. “The Center is also a venue for display of products of our farmers. Magsasaka Siyentista is one of the partners of the FITS Center in the provision of services, she added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Miladis Afichao challenged the visitors to disseminate the FITS Center to their neighbors so that its utilization will be maximized especially that the resources used in putting up the Center are all came from the tax payers. “Let us recognize the importance of the FITS Center, what are the technology that can be acquired from it, how can it help you improve your farming practices,” said Dr. Afichao.
Through the FITS Center, information and technology services are brought closer to the farmers.