ATI Coined as SOAP's Strongest Partner during PNOPEX 2015

Farmers and farm owners shows interests in visiting one of ATI's Learning Site

ORTIGAS CENTER, Metro Manila -- As part of its commitment to promote organic agriculture in the Philippines, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) participated in the recently conducted Philippine Natural and Organic Products Expo (PNOPEX) 2015.

PNOPEX aims to promote the organic farming community, their farming and fishing practices, to organic produce and its benefits. Farmers, farm owners, agriculture enthusiasts and students visited the expo where ATI's booth promoted its programs and services especially related to the Organic Agriculture (OA) Program of the Philippines.

On the other hand, several agriculture-related groups such as Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IV-A, Lucban Organic Farmers and Marketing Association Inc. and the Local Government Unit of Casidiocan Romblon emphasized their interest in visiting ATI’s organic learning sites to learn more about organic practices.

Sandra Celi of Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines (SOAP) Movement also coined ATI as their strongest partner in the implementation and promotion of OA. SOAP is one of the organizations that takes the lead in promoting OA in the country.

With the theme "Farm to table, table to wellness," ATI had a total of 340 clients and disseminated roughly 7,000 copies of its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to the visiting farmers and agricultural enthusiasts during the event. Tokens such as ecobags, ballpens and ATI TeleMagazine in compact discs were also disseminated to the clients.

The activity was participated by natural and organic farmers/ practitioners and exporters from all over the country. Related seminars and cooking demonstration were also conducted.

Organized by the Department of Agriculture through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service, the PNOPEX 2015 was held last October 23 to 25, 2015 at the SM Megamall, Megatrade Hall 2, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila.