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CSFBS: Addressing the "New Normal Climate"

Participants while inspecting the weather instrument

Capacitating Agricultural Extension Workers and farmers to become agripreneurs while addressing concerns with the “new normal climate”, the Agricultural Training Institute - MiMaRoPa conducted 10-day Intensive Trainers’ Training on Climate Smart Farm Business School (CSFBS) on February 14 - 24, 2017 at Barcenaga, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.
The ten-day TOT is a rollout of the modality at the regional level which consisted of six modules related to both climate change and Farm Business School (FBS) including the re-entry planning.

During the training, Mr. Ferdinand Valdeavilla from DOST PAG-ASA Calapan Branch familiarized them on the Agromet System and Automated Rain Gauge which are being used in weather forecasting. They also tracked typhoon direction as one of their workshops. The training also discussed climate change and its impact to agriculture as well as its climate smart agriculture mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Also, for the financial risk mechanism of the program, Ms. Ruelita Nilo, underwriter from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation discussed the programs of PCIC and the processes in covering and claiming insurance. Further, the participants were also oriented on the e-Extension Program and ICT-Based Resources Tools for Rice/Agriculture as alternative methods of learning and decision support tools in agricultural activities.

To make interventions more responsive to climate variability and change, ATI combined and harmonized the Enhanced Farmer’s Field School, promotion of Organic Agriculture, Palayamanan, and Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas.

The initiatives of the government to meet the ASEAN economic community are also part of the modules covering the code of good agricultural practices, its importance, advantages, requirements and procedures.

Moreover, the training employed not only a four-wall discussion but on-field activities. The participants went to Calapan Public Market to have an actual market survey where they interviewed vendors, consumers and “biajeros” on the supply and demand of agricultural products. Afterwards, they headed to DOST-PAG-ASA in Calapan to fully understand the instruments used in weather forecasting. They also visited the DJMV Farm cooperated by Mr. Dewey Albufera and Gabutero’s Organic Farm owned by Mr. Nelson Gabutero at Pinagsabangan, Naujan and Labonan, Bongabong, respectively. According to Mr. Albufera, farming is a business but people should be reminded that we should not be after the income alone but also we should take care of our environment.

After all the topics had been discussed, the participants were grouped according to its municipality and had their group re-entry plans to be implemented in their respective locality.

The 10-day intensive Trainers’ Training on CSFBS was participated by 26 AEWs and farmers from the MiMaRoPa region.