First Farm Business Schools in Cagayan and Agusan del Sur Launched

First-ever FBS in Cagayan launched in Sto. Nino, Cagayan

DILIMAN, Quezon City – With the 2015 ASEAN economic integration fast approaching and the continuing globalization of agricultural systems, it is imperative that reaching small farmers and empowering them with enhanced public extension system through marketing and entrepreneurship messages be made priority.

Since April, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) has been conducting regional Training of Facilitators (TOF) of Farm Business School (FBS) in ATI-Regional Training Centers (RTC) to capacitate extension workers of the Local Government Units (LGU) as well as selected farmer-leaders in preparation for the launching of new Farm Business Schools.

As a result of the concluded regional TOF in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) and Region 13 (CARAGA), two new farm business schools (FBS) were launched in Cagayan and Agusan del Sur. These FBS was facilitated by the trained agricultural technicians from LGUs.

New FBS launched in Sto. Nino, Cagayan

The First-ever Farm Business School in Cagayan was launched in in Brgy. Namuccayan, Sto. Nino, Cagayan last June 11, 2014 and was spearheaded by Nerizabeth U. Gabriel, LGU technician and Corazon J. Morgado, a farmer leader.

The school has a total of 25 farmer-participants who are vegetable growers of okra, ampalaya, tomato, and eggplant. Furthermore, the school has recently conducted their market survey (FBS Session 6) at Don Domingo Market, Tuguegarao City.

First-ever FBS in Region 13 Launched in Agusan del Sur

The first FBS in Region 13 was launched in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur last July 17, 2014 and was participated by 23 farmer who are growers of “pinakbet” vegetables, and are practicing organic, chemical-free farming. Some of these participants also have rice and corn farms.

The FBS in Agusan del Sur was led by Viña Ranoco, who graduated from the TOF of FBS conducted by the ATI-RTC 13 last April 21 to 30, 2014.

More regional TOF will be conducted as well as FBS to be launched nationwide as the project is now being cascaded nationwide by the ATI. FBS is the mechanism of the collaboration project “Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access” being implemented by ATI, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) with the goal to empower small famers through market-oriented extension services. (with reports from Leila Denisse Padilla)