BANGA, Aklan – Further boosting the confidence of Aklan farmers, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) acknowledged the efforts of the participants of the School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Sustainable Mushroom Production Enterprise and regarded them as partners of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the advancement of the mushroom industry.
In her message as guest of honor during the recent SOA Graduation Program, Taposok said, “With your learnings on the status and business potential of mushroom, the production process, production technologies, and harvest and post-harvest practices, you can now help DA in strengthening the mushroom industry in our country.”
She is optimistic that as the participants apply their learnings through the program, importing activities on mushroom commodities in the Philippines will be lessened.
“I know you have seen that mushroom production is a promising business. That is why you have allotted time and effort to educate yourselves,” Taposok expressed.
The OIC-Director encouraged the farmer graduates to believe in their capabilities as they have already been equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills on mushroom production and enterprise.
Moreover, Taposok pointed out that the SOA and Farmers Field School (FFS) on mushroom enterprise were conducted as a response to the growing demand of mushroom and to address the insufficient local knowledge on mushroom cultivation.
“More than knowledge and skills, I hope that this training provided you with the confidence to start or further advance in small-scale mushroom enterprises,” she added.
Taposok reminded the graduates to incorporate entrepreneurship on mushroom farming and inspire more farmers and rural women to venture into mushroom production and business.
Simultaneous with the said Commencement Activity was the Groundbreaking for the Construction of the 4-H Learning Hub in the region.
The SOA Graduation of some 605 mushroom growers was held last July 13, 2018 in Region VI.