DILIMAN, Quezon City—As the demand for herbs and spices grows, farmers continue to maximize the income-generating opportunities that this industry has to offer.
“Planting herbs and spices is a good business enterprise. You can be competitive if you have your own farm but the size doesn’t matter since you can also do vertical or containerized farming,” Luis Bausa, owner and president of Bausa Integrated Farm in Bulacan, said.
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.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—As part of the Food Safety Core Group of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) took part in the observance of Food Safety Awareness Week to further create public awareness on food safety standards.
This was also pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 160, series of 1999 declaring the last week of October every year as Food Safety Awareness Week.
During the opening program, DA Secretary William Dar stressed the need for developmental food safety measures.
STA. CRUZ, Quezon City—To increase awareness on local farm products and showcase the country’s brand of agriculture, some 20 private Extension Service Providers (ESPs) certified by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) participated in the Institute’s first ESP Forum and Product Expo.
National and regional ESPs showcased various local farm products and demonstrated latest farming technologies during the three-day activity.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its bureaus and implementing agencies including the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), annually celebrates the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) every November.
The celebration aims to encourage every Filipino to do their share of RICEponsibility by valuing every grain of rice and eating healthier rice to benefit themselves, other consumers, rice farmers, and the country as a whole.
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.