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4-H Farmers Undergo Training on Swine Production
Armed with a mission to uphold excellence in training on pig technology, ATI-ITCPH was much obliged to provide Basic Training on Swine Production to twenty of the country’s most outstanding young farmers last February 19-21, 2016. The training was part of the Pre-departure Orientation Course of the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan or YFFTPJ, a program of the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) and the Japan Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), which aims to impart “modern Japanese farming techniques to deserving young Filipino farmers.” The young farmers are members of the 4H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) Club in the Philippines, a rural-based organization for the youth—primarily the OSY—that enables them to utilize their talents for farming and agri-based income generation projects (IGPs).
Including being a 4-H member, fulfilling all the requirements to qualify for the YFFTPJ is no small feat. An aspiring trainee for instance, must be a single male 20-27 years old, with two years full time and continuous farming experience, physically, emotionally, and mentally fit with good community standing, and has at least a hectare of available farmland or owns an existing agri-based project on livestock, swine, or poultry—to name a few prerequisites. After passing the initial screening, the candidates would undergo a 4-tier selection process at the municipal, provincial, regional, and national level. Once chosen, the official trainees would then go through 4 training phases in the actual program. After the Pre-departure Orientation Course, the young farmers would fly to Japan for an 11-month intensive training on their field of agricultural expertise.
The YFFTPJ is the Philippines’ program equivalent of the ASEAN Young Farm Leaders Training Program in Japan. It provides opportunities for our young Filipino farmers to gain “technical knowledge and skills, exchange agricultural information of mutual interest with other participants, and imbibe Japanese work values.” With this, our young farmers would be able to maximize their potential and thus become great farmer-leaders and prolific agri-entrepreneurs.