Regional AgriTalk Kick-starts in Iloilo

DA-RFO VI senior science research specialist Anelyn Hapitan talks about goat production and management during the 1st AgriTalk in Iloilo.

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo—As agricultural development in Iloilo continues to grow, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) takes the opportunity to enhance the capacity of local farmers by launching the AgriTalk seminar series in the province.

To provide up-to-date information on agriculture and fisheries technologies, the ATI once again collaborated with Agriculture Magazine of the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation for the first of the three regional AgriTalk seminars. It was also made possible in coordination with the Bureau of Agricultural Research and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) VI.

Around 400 agriculture enthusiasts, farmers, agricultural extension workers, and students all over the region gathered for the activity.

Dr. Peter Sobrevega, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulation of DA-RFO VI, graced the event. In his welcome remarks, he acknowledged everyone’s role in the advancement of the agriculture sector.

“I encourage every one of you to cooperate with DA in its mission to lead the country through self-sufficiency. You have to take advantage of the different programs of the government which will help you in your farming endeavors,” he said.

Experts and successful farmers talked about various technologies during the event. These include producing organic concoctions, square-foot gardening, mushroom production, goat production and management, and edible landscaping.

AgriTalk is in line with Institute’s continuous promotion of urban agriculture in the country. It also provides an avenue for agricultural practitioners to share their successes in their respective ventures.

The Institute is set conduct two more regional AgriTalk seminars this year. The next stops will be in Central Luzon and Davao region.

The first AgriTalk for 2018 was held at SM City Iloilo last May 12, 2018.

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