The graduates are all smiling after the Graduation Ceremony of Farmers Livestock School on Sustainable Pig Farming (FLS-SPF).

HAMTIC, Antique - "Ang Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) udyan para mag-train kaninyo, mag-reach out sa mga tawo nga nabudlayan para tudluan kang livelihood opportunities nga bukot lahog-lahog lang, kundi tuod-tuod nga pangabuhi-an naton.” [The ATI is there to train you, to reach out to individuals who are having a hard time, and to teach us livelihood opportunities that what we really need.] These are the words that came from SB Jose Alberto Pacificador to the 30 graduates of Farmers Livestock School on Sustainable Pig Farming (FLS SPF) last August 30, 2019 at Barangay Poblacion 5, Hamtic, Antique.

Fourteen modules were discussed during the four-month training that ran from April 17, 2019 to August 30, 2019. These are topics on Swine Industry, Sustainable Farming, Swine Feeding, Organic Concoctions, Swine Health Management and Record Keeping, Swine Diseases, Herbal Medicine Preparation, Sow Management, Waste Management, Post-Harvest Technology/Meat Processing, Marketing and Economics/Cost and Return Analysis, Animal Welfare Act, and Climate Change and Its Effect in Livestock Production. This training course also utilized the Nature Farming Technology Systems (NFTS) that empowers the farmer-participants in raising pig economically and effectively.

The graduates, who are small pig raisers, are expected to improve their productivity and profitability after this training. It will also help them make sound decisions in their swine project. This activity is the first graduation ceremony among the three batches of FLS-SPF and is made possible through the leadership of Dr. Eden DLR. Bautista, Center Director, and Ms. Mary Ann A. Ramos, Project Officer/Training Specialist III.