Agri-Pinoy takes off with Training of Trainers

DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY --- The new administration of the Department of Agriculture (DA) under Secretary Proceso J. Alcala recognizes the importance of  fostering partnerships and collaborative undertakings from organizations and institutions outside the government to complement the Department`s efforts to boost agricultural productivity.
Thus, this led to the birth of Agri-Pinoy, a framework  where DA will work side by side with the Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and the Local Government Units (LGUs) towards sustainable agricultural development.

Agri-Pinoy, or as its theme "Bridging the gap, touching the heart" implies, is anchored towards local development, sustainable agriculture, natural resources management and food security. Local development aims for people empowerment and self-governance, while sustainable agriculture focuses on environmental health and crop diversification. Moreover, natural resources management goes for water and soil conservation and biodiversity preservation, whereas food security aims to have self-sufficiency and improved nutrition among Filipinos.
 
As the DA's lead agency for training and extension, the Agricultural Training Institute (DA- ATI) organizes a Training of Trainers (TOT) as a take-off point for Agri-Pinoy to ensure its smooth implementation. The agricultural extension workers who would graduate in the TOT will comprise the core of regional trainers who will work together to implement the subsequent regional and provincial trainings in their respective areas.
 
Around 45 representatives from ATI- Regional Training Centers, DA-Regional Field Units, NGOs, and Senate staff will attend the three-day training titled "Training of Trainers on Agri-Pinoy".The activity aims to promote a full understanding of Agri-Pinoy and organize a core of regional trainers for the 11 priority regions in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, IX, XI, XII, Caraga, and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Topics to be discussed during the training are: 1) Overview of Agri-Pinoy, 2) The LIKASAKA Concept, 3) Pamamaraan sa LIKASAKA: Pagproseso at Paggamit ng Natural na Kagamitan ng Produksiyon, 4) Seed Production Technology for Rice and Corn and Internal Control System, 5) Gulayan sa Paaralan, 6) Attitudes, Skills and Discipline of a Good Trainer, and 7) Action Planning.
 
The participants will likewise prepare a regional action plan for the implementation of Oplan Seeding Project to the farmers, NGOs, private sector, and LGUs towards agricultural development in their respective areas.
 
The event will be graced by DA Secretary Proceso "Procy" J. Alcala as the keynote speaker during the opening program. The activity is from August 10 to12, 2010 at the Segundo C. Serrano Hall at ATI Central Office, Diliman Quezon City. (BAYanga with reports from Elsa A. Parot)