Count it Right, Do Them Right

The Philippines is hit by typhoons at an average of 20 per year. Every time a major typhoon hits, damage cost amounts to millions, sometimes even billions of pesos. Previously this would not even make me think twice, just take in the news and move on. But recently with Typhoon Nona, reports about cost of damage particularly in agriculture made me think twice and ponder, “Are they really assessing the damage right?” 

Learning rail

It took us sometime going uphill for the briefing. It was neither the slope nor the distance. It was an easy climb (no sweat!) and a stone-throw from where we took off.

It was the learning rail. From a distance it looks like a handrail and a side road block, enabling one to have an easy climb when it's slippery or from getting off the track. But it was more than that. It was a learning material, creatively done sans sophistication of latest technology.

That Unknown Quantity, PDAF

The Department of Agriculture has been repeatedly pinpointed as a knowing or unknowing accomplice in questionable practices involving public funds.

Last in the rather long line of implications is its involvement in channeling Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to fictitious non-government organizations (NGOs) or clients. Public disgust is to be expected, considering the abject state of our rural men and women.
At least at ATI, this unfolding of events should be subject to careful self-check.

e-Extension Program in the eyes of a farmer

Recently I assisted the Regional Farm Family Forum (RFFF) in Calbayog City on May 22-23, 2013. Since ATI started conducting RFFF, orientation on e-Extension has always been a part of the affair. This year's orientation, just like in the last three (3) years, was doing well with the usual queries from the audience. However, I was taken aback when a  4-H'er from Biliran province asked, "In your own perception, do you think the e-Extension Program made significant impact in the lives of the farmers?" That was hard.

What Works and What Nots: Travails of a Week-long Extensionist, Part 2

Our participation at the Tabo sa Umahan in Misamis Oriental’s 83rd anniversary celebration allowed us to know more our potential clients in the province.

Since we are promoting the e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries, particularly e-learning, most of the enthusiastic visitors at the booth were the younger ones. The older ones either have problems with their eyesight or getting a headache when using computers or that they do not use the internet.

The Farmer of the Farmers' Contact Center

"How do you define a farmer in the context of the Farmers' Contact Center?" This was raised during the Regional Workshop on the Knowledgebase Creation for A&F on September 16-17, 2009 at La Rica Hotel, Tacloban City.

Considering the state of most of our farmers, the following queries keep popping in my mind: Do our farmers (common farmers) really have access to telephone lines and internet? Do they have time to avail of this service, knowing that most often they are busy in their fields? Do they know how to use these technologies?

What we envision for the Farmers' Contact Center

As we are conducting our regional consultations for the establishment of the Farmers Contact Center, we heard from our partners in the field their various ideas, perspectives, suggestions and comments on opening a new mode of communication with our clients. Some accepted the idea, some though may have doubts if this is really possible, if we can do it, if it would be acceptable to everybody. Though the idea of this initiative is evolving, we are open to whatever will come our way and we will try to fit it if we can to whatever we do.

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