ATI OA Programs Highlighted in Farmer-Led 6th Sustainable Agri Summit

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Key officials of ATI, DOT, and DENR together with Regional Coordinators of OA discuss national policies and programs on organic farming in one of the plenary sessions during the 6th Sustainable Ecological Agriculture Summit.

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato – To motivate the farmers in their transition from chemical farming to sustainable ecological farming, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) shared some programs of the Institute in the promotion of Organic Agriculture (OA) during the Opening Program of the 6th Sustainable Ecological Agriculture Summit and World Food Day Celebration.

Taposok noted the devolution and transformation of BAEx into ATI to further translate programs that can effectively address the extension needs of the present times. This is done through provision of trainings, technology demonstration, establishment of farm business advisory services, and the production and distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to the general public.

“We, in ATI, are very supportive of this journey to sustainable farming and we have been capacitating farm families to expand the adoption of OA while also spreading expertise in the field,” she explained.

Training programs in the Installation of Internal Control System, Organic Agriculture Production Technologies, the establishment of Learning Sites, Farmers Field School, Integration of Organic Agriculture Curriculum, School-on-the-Air, Documentation of Success Stories, as well as the implementation of OA Skills Competency Training were some of the ATI OA efforts cited by the OIC-Director.

She likewise provided details on the ATI youth programs including the Young Filipino Farm Leaders Training Program in Japan (YFFLTPJ), Adopt a Farm Youth Program, 4H Academic and Technology Integration with Values Education (4H Active), and the Gulayan sa Paaralan.

The 6th Sustainable Ecological Agriculture Summit and World Food Day Celebration was sponsored by the SCC, PALMA+PB Alliance and the distinct municipalities of the 1st District of Cotabato Province. With the theme, “Makakalikasang Pagsasaka at Inobatibong Sakahang Pang-Edukasyon at Turismo para sa Masaganang Kabuhayan at Malusog na Mamamayan,” the Summit was conducted to create a participatory and democratic avenue of defining OA policies at the local and regional level.

Highlights of the Summit include opening of exhibits, plenary sessions on national policies and programs, farm tourism meeting, Special Discourse on Effective Governance for Organic Agriculture Advocacy and Adoption, field tour and simultaneous learning sessions on farming technologies and good agricultural practices.

Some 700 farmer participants including organic farming advocates and practitioners, farm proprietors, farmer scientists, academicians and students, as well as non-government organizations were gathered during the activity held last October 16, 2018 in Region XII.

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