SAN MATEO, Isabela - By learning modern agricultural interventions and new technologies, farmers and agricultural practitioners can easily cope with the emerging trends of globalization. Dr. Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) emphasized this as she recently conferred the graduation of 1,397 participants of four season-long training programs.
ATI aims to foster continuous growth and progress in the lives of the farmers and fishers via the provision of technical assistance and capacity building programs, according to Taposok. “Pinaiigting namin ang pagbibigay ng extension education and services dahil lahat kayo ay may karapatang mabigyan ng mataas na antas ng serbisyo publiko,” she remarked.
(We are working to intensify the provision of best extension education and services because you all deserve the best quality of public service delivery.)
She stated, “Education is for all, the same way as agriculture is for all.” She then assured that the Institute and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will guide them as they pursue their agricultural endeavors and become self-sufficient.
“You can all excel in this (agriculture) field as long as you are willing to run the extra mile to quench your thirst for knowledge. Learning is the first step to progress,” she said.
Moreover, the OIC-Director congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to constantly discover, learn, maximize and communicate the new knowledge they gain in their respective communities.
“Let us make the world a better place for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status,” she expressed.
Meanwhile, Sen. Cynthia Villar commended and extended her appreciation to ATI for actively conducting training programs that will fuel the expansion of knowledge and skills of their beneficiaries, thereby alleviating poverty among the farmers and fishers. She as well urged the farmer graduates to treat their farms as small businesses and venture into agripreneurship to avoid too much dependency on traders and market investors.
Sen. Villar also led the awarding of certificates and recognition of outstanding graduates.
The mass graduation of four training courses, namely: the regional roll-out on “Enabling the AgRiDOC: A New Breed of Agricultural Development Officers of the Community; On-Site Farmers Training on Integrated Crop Management on Corn-based Farming System; School on the Air (SOA) on Low Cost Swine Production and Upgrading Native Chicken; and Climate Smart Farm Business School, was held last September 28, 2017 in San Mateo Community Center.