Farm Business Schools to be launched in 4 Barangays in Nueva Ecija

FAO Consultant David together with the farmer participants during the launching and signing of MOA

NUEVA ECIJA -- The Department of Agriculture through the Agricultural Training Institute, with the Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office (DA-DARPO) and the local government units of Nueva Ecija will soon establish Farm Business Schools (FBS) in the four barangays of Nueva Ecija.
"The Project comes at a time when we really need to teach the farmers entrepreneurship and marketing in order to increase their income", exclaimed Talavera Mayor Nerivi S. Martinez. She further added, " Talavera has always been known to have good production of rice, vegetables and other crops grown in the municipality. The farmers need to be more knowledgeable in business and in marketing their products in order to uplift their livelihood more," quipped Martinez. 
The establishment of FBS under the project Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access is supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO-UN). At the onset of the project implementation, Martinez signed the memorandum of agreement with ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot and DAR-PARO II Renato Escobar, witnessed by Center Director Virginiano Garo of ATI-Regional Training Center III, DAR-PARO I Jocelyn Ramones and Municipal Agriculturists Virginia Ferrer and MARO Arthur Ilagan. 
Honored guests graced the event such as Vice Mayor Anselmo Rodiel, Councilors Yan Yan Villanueva, Amado Allan Reyes, Angelina Soleta and Rene Baldedara of Talavera, Nueva Ecija. 
On the other hand, Mayor Nestor L. Alvarez of Muñoz, Center Director Virginiano G. Garo of ATI RTC III, Provincial Agriculturist of Nueva Ecija Serafin Santos, City Agriculturist Jerry A. Rigos, DAR-PARO Joyce Ramones and DAR-Paro Renato B. Escobar also signed a memorandum of agreement on the same project for Barangays Matingkis and Bical. 
Alvarez welcomed the implementation of the Project in their areas to enable the farmers to access better markets for their produce. "I would like to learn more on entrepreneurship development and market access starting from exposure to best practices in other barangays and sustain the projects for the benefit of the farmers", Alvarez added. He also tasked the municipal agriculturist to provide him  updates of the project. 
Around 40 farmers, mostly women from Barangays Caaninaplahan and Minabulok witnessed the event held last July 10 and August 1, 2013, respectively, at the municipal hall in this province.  (with reports from Felicisimo Z. David, Jr.)