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ATI Employees Urged to Further Urban Farming at Harvest Festival

Harvest festival of the ATI central office employees

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To boost the efforts of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to promote urban agriculture as an easy household activity and a source of healthy, nutritious, and safe food, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) held a harvest festival in its demo farm.

With the theme "Gulayan sa Bakuran, Kayamanan ng Bawat Tahanan,” the event gave ATI employees the opportunity to pick and take home fresh vegetables such as lettuce, pechay, ampalaya, and herbs from the “ATIng Gulayan ng DA” demo farm.

More Farmers Train Under RCEF

Training efforts are continuously being rolled out for farmers through the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP), a key component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

Since the implementation of the RESP, 99 training (77 completed, 22 ongoing) have been extended to regional focals, agricultural extension workers, farmers and farm workers including members of cooperatives and associations.

Mushroom Production Strategies Showcased in Free Seminar

Marilou Facun, mushroom grower and owner of the Tingtano Integrated Farm, served as resource person during the seminar.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To provide knowledge in successful mushroom farming technologies, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) offered a free seminar showcasing cultivation practices and processing of various species of this commodity.

Among the species commonly cultivated are straw and oyster mushrooms. To provide tips on how to successfully grow these, Marilou Facun, mushroom grower and owner of the Tingtano Integrated Farm, served as resource person during the seminar.

Dar Gives New Directions for Organic Agriculture

William Dar keynotes the 16th National Organic Agriculture Congress

ALFONSO, Cavite—Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar called for collective support in lowering the cost of production for organic agriculture during the 16th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC).

“The challenge today for the organic agriculture sector is to further reduce the cost of production and increase productivity so that, at the end of the day, the products being sold in the market become more affordable,” he said.

ATI, PNB Promote Digital Inclusion through Transforum 2019

ATI Information Services Division chief Antonieta Arceo at Transforum

MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga—The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has partnered with the Philippine National Bank (PNB) for the 2019 Transforum: Connecting You Forward.

ATI Information Services Division chief Antonieta Arceo served as one of the keynote speakers during the event. She shared the Institute’s efforts to shape a digital-inclusive agriculture sector.

Briefings, Exhibits Highlight ATI Efforts for NRAM 2019

ATI Director Alfredo Aton, OIC Assistant Director Rosana Mula, and PAD chief Renato Dela Cruz for National Rice Awareness Month 2019.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) showed its support to the 2019 National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) celebration with activities that are linked with this year's theme "Eat Local, Buy Local. Support our Rice Farmers."

ATI kicked off its NRAM activities last November 4 with an exhibit of rice and rice-based products from partner-farmers from different regions in the country. These were supported with banners and standees showcasing rice-related facts and messages towards the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

Summit Seals Nat'l Commitment to Food Security

Agriculture Secretary William Dar presents the "New Thinking in Philippine Agriculture" during the summit.

MALATE, Manila—Officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached bureaus and agencies, heads of provincial and municipal government units, the academe, and stakeholders from the private sector convened for the 2019 National Food Security Summit.

The summit served as an avenue for discussions on the current trends, issues, and challenges in the agriculture sector. These include the effects of the Rice Tariffication Law, Agri-Fishery Clustering and Consolidation, Province-led Agriculture and Fishery Extension Systems (PAFES), and Crop Diversification, among others.

Urban Farming Technologies Shared in 4th AgriTalk

DASMARIÑAS CITY, Cavite—New trends and technologies in urban agriculture were shared to more than 600 Caviteños during the 4th AgriTalk.

Spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), in partnership with the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation and the Bureau of Agricultural Research, the activity aims to introduce opportunities in urban farming to those in highly populated and industrialized cities where planting spaces are limited.

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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.