A day before celebrating this month’s Rice Awareness Month in Valencia, Bukidnon, we were privileged enough to enjoy a meal with the Engallados at their Rescuer’s Stop. Rescuer’s Stop is a one-stop shop and food hub rolled into one to cater rice-based products to patrons on the go and foodie on the road conceptualized and managed by Nick Jay Arr Engallado (son of rice king Nicasio "Nick" F. Engallado) of Engallado’s Nature Farm.
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.
Bukidnon has always had a strong tradition of farming, thanks to the commitment of its hardworking people who make full use of its rich agricultural land, rolling terrain and nutrient-rich soil. The abundance of high value crops, access to urban necessities in the cities, plus culinary fares influenced by a mix of traditions among seven indigenous tribes have shaped its rich foodways. Its proximity to Cagayan de Oro, with its dynamic tourism and booming restaurant industry, has also enabled Bukidnon to begin to develop a more modern take on the ways that they eat and cook.
BASCO, Batanes—With organic agriculture considered as a key in sustainable food production, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) ensures continuous capacity enhancement for extension workers on the processes and guidelines for the certification of organic farms.
Some 19 staff from ATI training centers nationwide were then trained on pre-assessment of organic farms. These staff serve as regional focal persons and alternate focal persons for the organic agriculture program.
ORIENTAL MINDORO, MiMaRoPa—Local farmers took the opportunity to prove that it is ‘more fun in Philippine farms’ as they showcased their technologies, fresh produce, and featured attractions during a three-day learning journey dubbed as the ‘Juanderful Farm Tours’.
MANDALUYONG CITY, Metro Manila—Two of the organic farms supported by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) were front and center during the 2018 Food Garden Congress held as part of the launching program of the 44th Nutrition Month of the National Nutrition Council and ABS-CBN-DZMM.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.