Agriculture Extension Workers: The Leaders and Managers of the AF Sector

Agriculture Extension Workers: The Leaders and Managers of the AF Sector

SAN MATEO, Isabela — The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) values the role of extension workers as the front-line agents of change in building and maintaining relationships; getting and giving information; influencing people, and decision-making. Just as the institute commits to strengthen the competitiveness and capacities of the Agriculture and Fishery (AF) sector, its Career Development and Management Division recently held the first among this year’s three batches of Training on Extension Management for Municipal Agriculturists on February 13-17, 2017.

As part of the training, 33 Municipal Agriculturists from Region II participated in the lecture, plenary discussions, and role-playing exercises. The course covered modules on introduction to agricultural extension management, extension worker as professional, and leadership in extension.

The five-day training aims to equip these municipal agriculturists with working knowledge and skills to become effective leaders and extension managers. Specifically, to empower them in adapting to change, overcoming resistance, and adopting innovative and efficient management techniques to remain high performers.

Through the facilitation of resource person Dr. Evelyn Aro-Esquejo, the participants were able to accomplish their individual action plans. These action plans are expected to be implemented within a year after this training.

The second batch of the Training on Extension Management for Municipal Agriculturists is scheduled on March 20-24, 2017 in Misamis Oriental, followed by the third batch on April 17-21, 2017 in Pangasinan.