Farm Business Schools` Facilitators Undergo Enhancement Training

Facilitator reports on the updates of FBS in her municipality (photo by Karlene Grace Zuniga)

CABANATUAN CITY--- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are expanding their extension activities in terms of promoting entrepreneurship and marketing. Thus, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN), through its project "Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access", is supporting these efforts in capacitating the field level techniciansfor the implementation of the Farmer Business School (FBS) in regions 2 and 3.

The FBS is a season-long "learning by doing" extension scheme that helped farmers build knowledge and skills to operate their farms more profitability.   
This coaching and enhancement training session is intended to review the status of the initial implementation of the FBS by  the Local Government Units and the DAR- Development Facilitators (DF) in five municipalities of Nueva Ecija and 11 municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya on August 5 and September 3 to 4, 2013, respectively. The pilot municipalities of Nueva Ecija included San Isidro, Sta. Rosa, Bongabon, Laur and Peñaranda while in Nueva Vizcaya, the pilot sites included Ambaguio, Aritao, Sta.Fe, Kasibu, Solano, Dupax del Norte, Kayapa, Diadi, Kayapa, Dupax del Sur and Quezon.  
About 54 participants from the municipal and provincial LGUs, DAR offices in the regional, provincial and municipal levels, DA regional field offices and ATI Regional Training Centers n regions 2 and 3 reviewed the FBS framework and implementation imperatives; discussed the accomplishments of each FBS; identified and analysed issues and concerns met in FBS implementation; identified good and promising practices; discussed enhancement techniques in FBS content and discussions and firmed-up the plans for improving the implementation of next sessions.
The session was conducted in a participatory manner, where all sessions and presentations were interactive to ensure knowledge and experience sharing by participants and session facilitators. 
The two activities were held at Balai Gloria Solano, Nueva Ecija and at the Village Inn in this province. (with reports from Gumercindo G. Tumbali)