FFS Graduates to Further Advance Livestock Industry, Taposok Claims

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Dr. Luz Taposok of ATI congratulates the farmer graduates of FFS SPF and states her expectations on their contribution to the advancement of the livestock sector. (Photo by Jena Mae Aguilar)

STA. CRUZ, Laguna – As of 2017, the Philippine livestock subsector has shown remarkable improvements and has been making significant contributions in the agriculture sector. The Department of Agriculture (DA) noted 1.84% output gain in the fourth quarter of 2017 based on the 2017 performance of the country’s livestock.

Relative to this, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) expressed her optimism and expectations to some 736 swine farmers of Laguna as they completed various livestock courses through the Farmer’s Field School on Sustainable Pig Farming (FFS SPF).

In the activity’s Mass Graduation, Taposok noted, “Sa ilang buwan ninyong pagsasanay patungkol sa iba’t ibang pamamaraan ng pag-aalaga at pagpaparami ng baboy, nakakasiguro ako na marami kayong mga pagbabagong maisasagawa para sa pagpapalago ng industriya ng livestock.”

(In your several months of training on the different strategies of pig raising and production, I am certain that you can now initiate changes to further advance our livestock industry.)

“You are now the partners of ATI and DA in expanding the reach of new technologies in livestock raising and production,” she added.

The OIC-Director explained that the FFS is one of the Institute’s means to provide non-formal education particularly on more sustainable and alternative ways of farming and livestock production.

Taposok is thankful for the interest, participation and support of the farmers on the services offered by ATI and other government agencies. She requested everyone to be proactive agents of community development to help the government deliver services that are more applicable to their needs.

Meanwhile, Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez thanked the graduates in his message delivered by Engr. Pablo Del Mundo, Jr. of Laguna Planning and Development Coordinating Office, for their effort and interest to widen their knowledge in pig farming. He as well said that the graduates are the proof of how ATI and other key development players are determined to sustain the pig industry in the country.

ATI – International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ITCPH) Center Director Ruth Miclat-Sonaco and Center Director Marites Cosico of ATI Region IV-A were also present in the event.

The Graduation Ceremony of the FFS SPS was held last June 13, 2018 in the Cultural Center of Laguna.