Creating Enabling Environment for North Cotabato Farmers

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Farmer graduates of the Modified FFS on Rice Production and Duck Raising in North Cotabato receive their starter kits from ATI led by OIC-Director Luz Taposok. (Photo by ATI Region 12)

TULUNAN, North Cotabato – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) aims to strengthen the capacities of communities in the countryside through non-formal agricultural education and livelihood assistance with the help of other key development players.

This was stressed by ATI Officer-in-Charge Director Luz Taposok during the recent graduation program for the farmer participants of the Modified Farmers Field School (FFS) on Rice Production and Duck Raising under the T2-ES22PPP Project.

Taposok noted that the FFS is intended to introduce more sustainable agricultural practices to farmers and promote participatory learning. She added that it is primarily geared towards addressing the lack of necessary support to the farmers in the lower class municipalities.

“Ginagawa ng ATI ang proyektong ito upang matulungan namin kayo na matugunan ang inyong pangangailangan sa inyong mga sakahan at komunindad,” Taposok said.

(The ATI has been conducting such projects as means to respond to the needs of the farmers and their communities.)

Taposok is certain that with the FFS experiences of the participants, farming communities in Tulunan and nearby municipalities will be able to generate higher yield through science-based technologies and strategies.

She remarked, “Continuous learning and skills development guarantee significant improvements in our daily lives.”

“We are here to create an environment by which you (farmers) learn and share the best agricultural practices essential to your livelihood,” she added.

The OIC-Director assured the farmers that their participation in the FFS, unending interest to learn new technologies and application of acquired knowledge will open more opportunities for progress among their families and respective localities.

The awarding of livelihood assistance for the participants was also conducted during the Closing Program of the Modified FFS last June 4, 2018 in Region 12.

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