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Training on Trainers on How to Conduct FFS-Livestock (Goat Production)
Tue, 10/02/2012 (All day) - Fri, 10/05/2012 (All day)
Venue:ATI-RTC 8, VSU, Baybay City
The optimum potential of goat as one of the main sources of milk and meat has not been fully tapped in the Philippines. The goat is popularly known as the poor man’s cow because children and old folks who cannot afford cow’s milk prefer drinking goat’s milk. Aside from being cheap, goat’s milk is more digestible compared to cow’s milk.
Goat raising is undertaken commonly by small farmers or backyard raisers. A farmer raises an average of one or two head goats. Only a handful of commercial-scale goat farm can be found in the country.
In a study conducted by a government agency, it was found out that goats are multi-purpose ruminants producing 58.4% milk, 35.6% meat, 4.3% hide, and 1.7% fiber. According to them, these small ruminants can provide the answer to improve nutritional requirements of the predominantly rural farm families scattered all over the archipelago.
In line with the sustainable technology options for livestock production, Farmers Field School methodology is an effective way of transferring technology, and passing on relevant, usable information to farmers. The knowledge acquired during the learning process can be used to build on existing knowledge, enabling farmers to adopt their existing technologies so that they become more productive, more profitable, and more responsive to changing conditions or to adopt new technologies.
The livestock Farmer Field School projects needs agricultural extension agents trained in the participatory research methodology and in the FFS approach. Farmer Field School is one of the good agricultural approaches, that promote economic and social sustainability of farm operations. Hence, the 5-day TOT on Farmer Field School on Goat Production.
The training aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of the participants in goat production to change farmer practices to the best management practices for sustainability on farm operations and improve their yield and income.
Specifically, at the end of the training course it is expected that participants shall be able to;
- Discuss the recent technologies on goat production that can be made available to the farmers;
- Give hands-on technical support to the farmers with the action plans drawn up during the training;
- Conduct Farmer Field School (FFS) on goat production in their respective LGUs; and
- Produce trainers in LGUs who are well-trained in the proper care and management of goat.
Thirty (30) livestock extension agents regionwide.