ATI at the APIRAS Day

Participants discussed their expression of interests and commitment for the potential  R & D activities during the APIRAS Day.

MANILA, Philippines -- The Agricultural Training Institute recently participated at the APIRAS Day, a recent meeting of the various extension networks of the Asia Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) Network.
Launched last 2011, the APIRAS evolved from the first meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) two years ago in Santiago, Chile.
Participants who came for the event were members of the extension networks of APIRAS, namely the Pacific Islands Extension Network (PIEN), Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN), Philippine Extension Network (PEN), Asia Pacific Association of Educators on Agriculture and Environment, Inc. (APEAEN), Central Asia and Caucasus Countries Network (CACC), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARD).
Moreover, representatives from the government organizations involved in agricultural extension of different countries joined in the one-day event. The ATI, being the member of the PEN and whose chairmanship is being held by ATI Assistant Director Evelyn Aro Esquejo and ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot as ex-officio board member, participated in the event.
The APIRAS Day, with the theme "Exploring Opportunities toward a Vibrant APIRAS", aimed to assess the needs and the means of strengthening the networking with institutions involved in the provision of rural advisory services (RAS) particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Likewise, the event aimed to discuss the potential research and development activities for strengthening RAS in the region.
One of the highlights of the event was the mini-workshop on good agricultural practices, where the participants shared the uniqueness of the GAP being done in their respective countries. Expression of interests and agreement on the next steps for the potential R & D activities also occurred during the meeting.

The APIRAS Day was one of the side events of the 3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting held in Manila last September 24, 2012. (photo courtesy of GFRAS Secretariat)