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Improvements for RCM Database Identified

BAGUIO CITY—To collectively enhance data presentation through the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Advisory Service, involved key agencies gathered for the RCM User Database Workshop.

Some 15 participants from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Offices in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region I, and Region III; and the Agricultural Training Institute attended the activity. They provided significant inputs to further develop the RCM Advisory Service, particularly the RCM Statistics.

Vegetable Processing Offers Answer to Farmers’ Dilemma

Duran Farm’s Luis Bausa assists 80-year-old Gilda Estipona during ATI Free Seminar on Lowland Vegetable Production and Processing

DILIMAN, Quezon City—With the unstable farm gate price and oversupply of vegetables in some parts of the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) sees the need to bring vegetable farming to a new level.

With the potential for higher income in processed vegetables, the ATI’s latest free seminar focused on processing technologies for lowland vegetables.

4-H, RBO Focals, National Officers Gear Up 2019 Programs

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Rural-based organizations (RBOs) are proactive partners of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in uplifting lives, especially in the grassroots level.

To further shape this role, 4-H Club and RBO focal persons, together with selected RBO national officers, of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) drew up programs and projects for 2019. These include the capacity-enhancement for various RBOs, a farm family congress, and youth agri-skills development programs, among others.

March is Women's Month

The Agricultural Training Institute joins the celebration of the National Women's Month this March.

The Institute will spearhead a symposium on “Women in Rice Farming” on March 25-29, 2019 which will feature a knowledge-sharing and learning among women rice farmers in the country. Invited speakers and participants will talk about their best practices in rice farming as well as the different roles women can play in agriculture.

Aton to ATI Staff, Extensionists: Strengthen Partnerships and Build Linkages

ATI Director Alfredo S. Aton at the FY 2018 Annual Performance Review and FY 2019 Commitment Signing

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Director Alfredo Aton challenged the staff of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) to strengthen partnerships and build linkages to address challenges that confront the food and agriculture extension services.

During the FY 2018 Annual Performance Review and FY 2019 Commitment Signing held at ATI’s central office, the current director of the Institute recognized the efforts and accomplishments in the previous year. However, he emphasized that there is a need to work closely with other organizations that have extension mandates.

Expansion of Green Communities in Manila Continues

METRO MANILA, Philippines—Caritas Manila, Inc. joins the roster of Urban Agriculture Garden Sites (UAGS) supported by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the urban agriculture project expands further in the metro.

Following the series of partnerships established with various stakeholders on setting up UAGS, Caritas Manila, Inc. sealed an agreement with the ATI to join the effort of enhancing access to food among urban families.

Free Seminar Discusses KSA on Mushroom Production

DILIMAN, Quezon City—The latest free seminar of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) offered the public an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitude (KSA) necessary in mushroom production and processing.

With the help of experts from the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) Siniloan Campus, some 490 individuals learned about the importance of KSA in growing and processing mushroom.

Risk Management Strategies Developed for ATI

ATI Region VII director Carolyn May Daquio and assistant director Gracia Arado

DILIMAN, Quezon City—To improve the Quality Management System of the organization, key officials of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) convened for the 2019 Quality Objectives and Risk Assessment Planning Workshop based on the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.

The activity gave way to the formulation of the 2019 Quality Objectives, finalization of the 2019 Risk Assessment Plan, and resolution of the issues that resulted from the audit findings since last year.

YFFLTPJ Alumni Showcase Farming Practices to Japanese Partners

LUZON, Philippines—Former trainees of the Young Filipino Farm Leaders’ Training Program in Japan (YFFLTPJ) took the opportunity to express their gratitude and showcase their farming practices to Japanese officials and farmers who helped them improve their skills.

This was during the monitoring visit of Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) officials, together with Japanese farmers who serve as host families to YFFLTPJ trainees.

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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.