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‘AGRI’ Expands Reach of Digital Finance Services for Farmers

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte—Farmers can now avail themselves of digital micro-financing services through the Accelerated Growth and Rural Inclusion (AGRI) platform of FINTQnologies Corp. (FINTQ).

AGRI is the latest feature of FINTQ’s KasamaKA initiative, a grassroots-based, bottom-up, and multi-sectoral social advocacy program for inclusive growth. This platform aims to provide small farmers and fishers easier access to affordable financing to help increase their productivity and expand their connections to markets.

ATI, Partner Farmers to Participate in AgriLink 2018

It's that time of the year again! Mark your calendars for the AgriLink/FoodLink/AquaLink 2018. Visit the Agricultural Training Institute at Booth 52 as we gather our partner farmers to bring you affordable products! We will have fresh produce and processed food products. Plus, loads of agriculture-related information materials for free!

Don't miss out on the fun on October 4-6. 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. See you there! #ishareknowledge #atiinspire

World Food Day 2018 Calls for Zero Hunger

The Agricultural Training Institute is one with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in celebrating the World Food Day this October 16.

The celebration for this year will center on #ZeroHunger. This means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy, and nutritious food they need. To achieve it, FAO urges everyone to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, work with others, share knowledge, and be willing to help change the world for the better.

14th National e-Learning Conference Notes ATI Initiatives

BUTUAN City, Agusan del Norte—The electronic learning or e-Learning program of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) exemplified yet again the government’s initiatives in terms of information and communications technology (ICT) in agriculture and fisheries during the 14th National eLearning Conference (NeLC).

ATI Officer-in-Charge Director Luz Taposok, who keynoted the conference, shared the evolution, accomplishments, and further improvements for the e-Learning program as it reached its 10th year.

Free Seminar on Business Planning Moves Pig Raisers to Rethink

DILIMAN, Quezon City—A few years ago, 51-year-old Henry Cheock started a small pig-raising business, but had to give it up later on because he had little knowledge about the technologies used and the industry considerations.

Now, Cheock is planning to try it again. This time, with a little help from the experts from the Agricultural Training Institute-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ATI-ITCPH).

In a special free seminar held by the ATI, Cheock and 15 other pig husbandry enthusiasts learned the basics of swine business planning.

BFP Personnel Look at Agribusiness Prospects

DILIMAN, Quezon City—“You can make money even at home,” Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Francisco Villano, Jr. said as he spoke to a group of personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

In a special seminar held for around 35 fire protection officers, Villano stressed the importance of developing one’s financial literacy as this will help ensure the future of one’s children and family.

Policy Research Month Calls for Adaptation to Modernization

In recognition of the critical role of policy research in the socioeconomic advancement of the Philippines, the month of September is celebrated as the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM).

Pursuant to Malacañang Proclamation No. 247 issued in September 2002, DPRM aims to cultivate a strong culture of research and use of data and evidence among the country's national and local decision-makers in policymaking and program planning.

Metro Manila College Students Encouraged to Become Farmer-Leaders

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).

4-H VLAP Members Challenged to Champion Rural Youth

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.

Training Highlights Certification System for Organic Farms

BASCO, Batanes—With organic agriculture considered as a key in sustainable food production, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) ensures continuous capacity enhancement for extension workers on the processes and guidelines for the certification of organic farms.

Some 19 staff from ATI training centers nationwide were then trained on pre-assessment of organic farms. These staff serve as regional focal persons and alternate focal persons for the organic agriculture program.

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