METRO MANILA—Green gardens are redesigning the city fabric as the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) intensifies its urban agriculture program through a series of partnerships with different communities and organizations.
The said program, led by the ATI-Partnerships and Accreditation Division, aims to assist city residents to integrate farming into their daily activities through the establishment of urban farms.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—Twenty one young Filipino farmers have set foot to Japan to undergo skills training for 11 months.
This was last April 12 after these trainees completed a 75-day pre-departure orientation course (PDOC) which involved training courses on crop production, farm mechanization, swine production, and rice farming. They also took classes in Nihongo and the Japanese culture.
“Our commitment is to do our best as representatives of the country in the development of the agriculture sector,” Roberto Diesta, trainee from Region V and batch president, said.
NOVALICHES, Quezon City—The youth, as they say, is the hope and future of the nation, and maybe especially so for the agriculture sector.
Hence, to encourage more young people, especially those in the metro, to engage in farming, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducts school visits to talk about the basics of urban agriculture to students and teachers.
This is part of the project entitled “Glamourizing Farming through Urban Agriculture: Metropolitan Youth in Sustainable and Healthy Living” spearheaded by the ATI-Partnerships and Accreditation Division (PAD).
BAYBAY CITY, Leyte—Visayas State University Director for Extension Efren Saz urged officers and members of the 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association of the Philippines (4H-VLAP) to maximize the opportunities they have to champion the needs and potentials of the rural youth.
“You can make your organization a formal organization and enter partnerships with government agencies and entities. You can even become an accredited agricultural extension service,” Saz told the participants of the National Training on Organizational Management for 4-H VLAP.
CALOOCAN CITY, Metro Manila—To realize the national thrust on food availability and affordability, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) carries on with its street caravans for the ATIng Gulayan ng DA and Glamourizing Farming through Agriculture: Metropolitan Youth in Sustainable and Healthy Living projects.
With these street caravans, the ATI aims to empower urban communities to grow vegetables and other food sources in their own backyards or in communal gardens.
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.