Roxas, Zamboanga Del Norte – The Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center IX conducted a Consultative Meeting on Organic Agriculture Program at ATI RTC IX Satellite Office, Upper Irasan, Roxas, Zamboanga Del Norte last February 20, 2020.
Organic Agriculture Program coordinators, Agricultural Technician and representatives from different municipalities of Sibuco, Gutalac, Piñan, Godod, Labason, Siayan, Katipunan, Sindangan, Roxas, Liloy, Leon Postigo, Siocon, Manukan, and City of Dipolog convened for a 1-day activity which aimed to develop a strong linkages and partnership with the LGU’s and to discuss Organic Agriculture Program issues and concerns. Also, be able to gather priority trainings and seminars in their respective municipalities to come up with a synchronized plan that will address farmer needs and promote Organic Agriculture.
On behalf of Mr. Elias N. Nayal, OA Focal Person, Mr. Julito B. Cordova, Training Specialist II of ATI RTC IX, welcomed the participants and presented the 2019 accomplishment of OA Program to provide feedback on its implementation. Furthermore, he also presented the approved proposed activities and venue for the year 2020, for the stakeholders to be aware of the activities.
During the meeting, Mr. Adelberto B. Baniqued, National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) Small Farmer Representative for Mindanao gave his message and noted the importance of road mapping as it serves as a guide for the OA Program and allows them to recognize and act on the events that require a change of direction. He also added that the OA program must determine strategic areas where it will be implemented and focus on the needs of the farmers.
The output of this activity is the action plan of the participants which will help the OA focal person and the ATI RTC IX management to identify what needs to be done to reach the primary goal of the Organic Agriculture Program which is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.
The activity was spearheaded by Mr. Julito B. Cordova, Training Specialist II, Belly Joy A. Villazorda, Information Officer II, Jay Ian D. Arojo, CPA, Planning Staff, and Ken Mark Tiad, Technical Staff.