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.
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.
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 Tarrification Law, Agri-Fishery Clustering and Consolidation, Province-led Agriculture and Fishery Extension Systems (PAFES), and Crop Diversification, among others.
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.
QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila—To encourage urban residents to grow their own food at home and ensure food security for their families, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a free seminar on edible landscaping.
Speakers during the event were Architect Patricia Regalado and Fely Sadio of Flor's Garden, an ATI-certified Learning Site on organic agriculture in Antipolo, Rizal. They shared information about the components, functions, and benefits of edible landscaping.
MINDANAO, Philippines—The role of rural-based organizations in boosting community advancement is continuously recognized in the agriculture and fisheries sector.
With this, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a series of capacity enhancement training programs for the regional presidents of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) and of the Pambansang Mannalon-Maguuma-Magbabaul-Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP).
DILIMAN, Quezon City—To help communicate alternative and scientific means in improving farm productivity, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) partnered with the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines for a training program on biotechnology.
TANGUB, Misamis Occidental—To ensure that appropriate measures are in place to aid agricultural communities that are highly vulnerable to risks of climate change, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is set to fully mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies in its banner programs next year.
PASAY CITY, Metro Manila—In continuous recognition to the outstanding efforts and contributions in the agriculture and fisheries sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) awarded 20 farmers, researchers, farmers’ associations, and agricultural institutions during the 48th Gawad Saka Awards.
Eleven individuals under the crops, fisheries, livestock, and research categories were given trophies, certificates, and cash prizes. Nine institutions from different parts of the country were also given recognition.
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.