Catheryn M. Villorente

Free Seminar Highlights Packaging as Key to Food Safety

Farm owner and consultant Luis Bausa serves as resource person during ATI's Free Seminar on Product Pagkaging and Labeling.

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila—“Avoid eating food products that use colored plastic as packaging,” stressed Luis Bausa of Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center and Bausa Integrated Farm during the free seminar on product packaging and labeling.

Colored plastic packaging, Bausa explained, can be dangerous to people’s health as some particles can mix with the food inside.

ATI Gives Glimpse on Potentials of Tilapia Farming

BFAR aquaculturist Corazon Dela Cruz during ATI's Free Seminar on Fish Production and Processing

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To impart proper and sustainable ways of fish farming and boost its industry, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) led a free seminar on fish production and processing.

In this event, the potentials of tilapia farming were discussed. Known as the “aquatic chicken” because of its high protein content and lower market price, tilapia has become the second widely cultivated fish species in the country.

Free Seminar Highlights Local Medicinal Herbs

Dr. Mechelle Palma of Remnant Institute Inc. at the ATI Free Seminar in Quezon City.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Highlighting the benefits of “medicinal farming” in the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) held a free seminar on the production and processing of herbs and spices.

Dr. Mechelle Palma, lifestyle medicine specialist, served as resource person during the seminar. Palma is also the CEO of Remnant Institute Inc., an ATI-certified extension services provider.

In her lecture, Palma talked about herb utilization and processing, as well as culinary herbs and culinary medicine.

Experts Share Key to Vegetable Farming Success

Organic farming expert Dr. Isagani Catedral speaks at the ATI free seminar.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—During the latest free seminar of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Dr. Isagani Catedral of Livegreen International Incorporated underscored the importance of good field planning in achieving a successful vegetable farming venture.

"You should start right by having a master plan–a field lay-out–to avoid losses resulting from poor field planning," he said. He then discussed how a planting program helps provide continuous supply of vegetables to the target market, which should also be based on household and market preference.

Plant Propagation Techniques Showcased at Free Seminar

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Agriculture enthusiasts once again flocked the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) free seminar where technologies on nursery management and plant propagation were discussed.

Farming experts Maiko Gil Hiwatig and Maximo Din from MoCa Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc. (MFFRLC) in Padre Garcia, Batangas were invited to share effective farming practices for propagation and the nursery.

Free Seminar Supports Swine Business Industry

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Swine is the largest among the livestock industries in the country. Recognizing this, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a free seminar to help individuals interested in this venture.

Experts invited to share the latest technologies in swine-raising and processing include Werner Decena, head of the Research Unit of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Quezon Province. He presented the production aspect of native pig as well as the guide in animal husbandry, livestock production essentials, and opportunities in pig farming.

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Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.

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