POLANCO, Zamboanga del Norte – More than the need to ensure food sufficiency, building climate resilient farms is also a must in today’s agricultural fabric. According to OIC-Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), it is a high time for the farmers and fishers to cope with the current changes in agriculture.
Taposok assured ATI’s support in building climate resilient agriculture (CRA) communities during the recent turnover of CRA livelihood assistance project composed of farm tools, equipment, seeds, swine and native chicken to some 30 farmers in Region 9. This is in connection with the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) advocacy to work on disaster preparedness focusing on natural adversities such as climate change.
The OIC-Director stated that ATI has been spearheading programs to assist the farmers in the countryside in shifting to climate-smart farming. The provision of technical knowledge and distribution of livelihood kits are being conducted to various parts of the country through the ATI - Regional Training Centers (RTC).
Taposok called on everyone to contribute in the said undertaking so as to establish an overall climate resilient Philippines. She commented, “Malaking hamon ang pabago-bagong klima sa pangkalahatang adhikain ng gobyerno na magkaroon ng sapat na pagkain ang mamamayang Pilipino, anuman ang kanilang katayuan sa buhay.”
(The changing climate is a great challenge to the government’s aspiration to achieve food availability for all Filipinos regardless of their socio-economic status.)
The distribution of livelihood assistance for the establishment of CRA communities was organized by ATI- RTC in Zamboanga under the leadership of Mr. Reynaldo Beduya and in cooperation with the local government unit of Polanco headed by Mayor Francis Olvis and Vice Mayor Fernando Calsigon, Jr. Said partnership was sealed with signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ATI and Municipality of Polanco for further support of the project.
The activity was held last September 4, 2017 at the Polanco Municipal Hall.