Agri-Extension Blogs

These are our blogs -- a compendium of our reflections about extension work in agriculture and fisheries, about things happening around us as agricultural extension workers.

» If you're blogging here, click to create a new blog entry.


hazelgracett's picture
hazelgracett   10/02/2014 - 1:54pm
Entice. Mr Webster defines it as to draw on artfully. Its synonyms are lure, charm, attract and persuade. To do it, one must have a unique selling point. This is what many of our Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) do. They innovate to attract and influence. Listening to our MSs who passionately shared what they did and are doing makes my work more fulfilling. Theirs were stories of greatness, of "plea to praise", of "hurt to heart" and of the common "rags to riches". There were others who were then in the corporate world, now in the farm. They said, "from corporate...
nbmacario's picture
nbmacario   09/30/2014 - 5:09pm
I was speechless when  I was told by the Teacher-In-Charge of a school where we (together with the National 4H Club Federation) are partnering a feeding program that the recipients of the feeding program are children who are classified as ‘severely wasted”.  I was like what???? Sir, why call them that? It is as if they have no more value in society! He told me that it is the correct term used. Severely wasted children are those who are way below the standards for indices under weight-for-height, height-for-age and weight-for-age. These are WHO standards, I was told....
Benedict's picture
Benedict   09/24/2014 - 10:20am
Currently the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) through the Information Services Division (ISD) is conducting a rapid monitoring of the more than 700 Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers in the country. The monitoring activity aims to assess the current status of these FITS Centers as well as to determine if these FITS Centers are still active. For every FITS center that I visit it gives me the chance to know the strategies that the FITS staff employs in order to be successful in helping those who are part of the agricultural sector. In this blog series, I will...
primalou's picture
primalou   08/08/2014 - 12:14am
In the very early part of the previous decade, our entourage from the ATI Regional Training Center in Bicol visited emerging and established agricultural hubs in other parts of Luzon as a staff development activity. The Master's Garden was one of the completely unexpected yet singularly memorable sites that the ATI in the Cordillera Autonomous Region led us to. Organic farming was then barely mentioned as an intervention in agriculture. The name of the place suggested religious connotations. But our look and brief stay at The Master's Garden gave us knowledge and insights that offered very...
nbmacario's picture
nbmacario   07/25/2014 - 3:09pm
They are all involved in farming,  some- fulltime, others, partime, a few, just barely starting. .  They differ in expertise: rice, cacao, coffee, banana, vegetables, livestock, poultry, food  processing and many more. Some were successful in farming, others are doing quite okey and some were barely making a profit. Some were young, others were just young at heart. Some were undergraduates, many are professionals. They even have a lawyer in the group.  A few were really outspoken. A number were really shy.   These were our participants in a Training of Trainers in...
nbmacario's picture
nbmacario   07/06/2014 - 7:40pm
 “What practices in your farm have contributed to climate change?” Answers were fast in coming: “Burning of rice straw Maam!”, another said, “using insecticides”, “using inorganic fertilizers”, another voice quipped. I was impressed. While they may not understand fully Green House Gases and the greenhouse effect, at least they understand what is right or wrong. But as I followed up the question with their own practices, they admitted that they still burn rice straws, use inorganic fertilizer and chemical pesticides. They even admit that...
Efren Macario's picture
Efren Macario   06/26/2014 - 7:49pm
 He combs his still damp hair. Unsatisfied with his looks, he poured additional gel to his palm and applied from front to back. He combed again. Better now. He heard his wife, humming their favourite Maranao song while preparing the table for breakfast. He smells the aroma of a freshly roasted native coffee being brewed. His stomach growled. He buttoned his shirt and walked to the table. He smiled. They take their breakfast of raw camote. He drained it with cold water from a nearby stream. His stomach complains. He’s still wanting more. But they can’t return to their lair....
Leean Espino   06/17/2014 - 10:11am
 SPOILER ALERT: This is not a love story.                  “Why am I here?” This was the question that I kept on asking myself on my first day of office as an intern at Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Center X.  As an incoming senior Development Communication student at Central Mindanao University, one of the highlights of our stay in the academe is our On-the-Job-Training (OJT). We are immersed in different institutions and agencies for us to experience the so called ‘...
Norma Maddalora   06/03/2014 - 8:42pm
Crabs and shrimps are my favorite pick when I travel in downstream Cagayan.  It was only now and in Buguey, Cagayan I learned that crabs can be fattened like pigs, chicken or tilapia.  Here is how I learned this thing…  Our team went to Buguey to validate the FITS Center, the LGU intend to establish.  We were entertained by the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Lloyd Antiporda and the Municipal Agriculturist, Mr. Danny Rumpon and his staff.  In our conversation as we discussed the establishment of FITS Center, I learned that Crab Fattening is one of their Focus Commodity...
Benedict's picture
Benedict   05/21/2014 - 1:53pm
Currently the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) through the Information Services Division (ISD) is conducting a rapid monitoring of the more than 700 Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers in the country. The monitoring activity aims to assess the current status of these FITS Centers as well as to determine if these FITS Centers are still active. For every FITS center that I visit it gives me the chance to know the strategies that the FITS staff employs in order to be successful in helping those who are part of the agricultural sector. In this blog series, I will...