LALA, Lanao del Norte – Knowing the tough road ahead in the delivery of extension services, Dr. Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) urged the new batch of Agricultural Development and Extension Officers of the Community (AgRiDOC) in Region 10 to constantly refuel their commitments in leading the farmers’ lives and in development service.
In her message during the commencement exercise of the AgRiDOCs, Taposok expressed that the biggest responsibility of extension workers is being accountable of leading the lives of the farmers in their respective communities towards prosperity and self-sufficiency.
According to her, development work starts with realizing that there is something wrong or something lacking in the community and recognizing the need for change.
“You are the vehicle that will transport them (farmers) in different direction – a direction that they deserve better given that they are the primary food producers in the country,” she remarked.
Taposok further noted the role of the AgRiDOCs to strengthen the agricultural extension system and help make more farming communities competitive, sustainable and resilient. She also mentioned the need of the farmers to be updated of the latest agricultural technologies and the hi-tech but nature-inspired farming practices.
The graduation ceremony of the AgRiDOCs was held last September 1, 2017 at Jika Farm in the said province.