ATI Boosts Extension Programs for the Next Six years

ATI Boosts Extension Programs for the Next Six years

DILIMAN, Quezon City - “We are investing, and we are making a plan for the future of our country” - a bold statement addressed by Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Director Asterio P. Saliot during the recent stakeholders' consultation for the National Extension Agenda and Programs (NEAP) and the Agriculture and Fisheries Extension (AFE) Strategic Plan for 2017-2022.

The consultation showcases the product of the unified effort from all the sectors from the series of zonal and national consultations on how to strengthen the current state of the agriculture and fishery sector of the country.

AFE expert, Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo, presented the plans and programs that will empower stakeholders towards globally-competitive and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector through harmonized and unified extension service delivery. This will also serve as a basis for the next administration in implementing extension services in the country for the next six years. Hence, the NEAP and the AFE Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 documents will be officially launched by the first quarter of 2016.

The NEAP was developed to provide directions, focus and unity among the different stakeholders to deliver quality extension service and addressing the diverse needs of the agriculture and fisheries sector. The NEAP 2017-2022 focuses on six thematic areas: knowledge products services, capability building, partnerships, innovations, climate change and enabling environment.

Stakeholders who participated in the activity were representatives from the bureaus, attached agencies, and regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Likewise, representatives from other government agencies, Local Government Units, state universities and colleges, and the private sector attended the activity and expressed their full support and cooperation in strengthening the agriculture sector in the country.

This activity was organized by the ATI-Planning and Policy Division last November 6, 2015 at the Rural Development Education Center at the ATI Compound in this city.