Magsasaka Siyentista as Prime Movers of Agricultural Development

The Magsasaka Siyentista participants during farm visit

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--- The Department of Agriculture (DA) recognizes successful farmers as Magsasaka Siyentista or Farmer-Scientist as they play vital roles in serving as researchers and extension agents in their respective areas. They showcase and promote indigenous and science and technology-based agriculture, forestry and natural resources technologies based on their own farming experiences.

Because of their significant contribution to agricultural and countryside development, the Philippine Government intends to further boost their capacity as para extension workers. Hence, the DA through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), gathered the regional presidents of Magsasaka-Siyentista for the training on Capability Enhancement and Planning of Magsasaka Siyentista as Prime Movers of Agricultural Development. The first batch was held last September 11 to 13, 2012 in this City, with 20 participants from the different regions of the country. 
The three-day activity served as an opportunity among the Magsasaka-Siyentista in enhancing their knowledge and skills and have continuous motivation to become the prime movers of agricultural development. Likewise, it became a venue of sharing of experiences and best practices and technological developments adopted by other regions, where they also gained first hand tips and techniques on farming practices right on the farmer's field.

More importantly, the group finalized the strategic plans initially prepared during the previous consultation workshops; planned strategies on making and sustaining the organization as the umbrella organization of rural-based organizations and finally came up with a doable action plans to be adopted for the implementation for 2012 and 2013.

The second batch of the training will be held on November 13 to 16, 2012 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. (with reports from Alicia Rose D. Nebreja/ Ivan Robin M. Limjap, photos from Nervill John M. Alvaro)