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ATI Welcomes Ligao City Organic Farmers
DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently held an information-sharing activity with some 50 organic farming practitioners and aspiring farmers from Ligao City, Albay. This is in support to the efforts of the local government of Ligao City to promote integrated, diversified, and organic farming in their locality.
ATI’s Information Systems Researcher Joeven Calasagsag welcomed the farmers and shared some updates on the extension programs of ATI, including its initiatives for Learning Sites establishment, e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries, and Rice Crop Manager, among others.
They also toured around the Learn and Discovery Center where they learned about the history of agricultural extension, existing farming systems in the country, agricultural value chains of selected commodities, the e-Learning component of the e-Extension program, and some inspiring stories of successful Filipino farmers. Likewise, the group went around the ATIng Gulayan ng DA urban garden and saw some techniques on how to maximize land space for organic farming in the city.
The activity is part of the Training on Integrated Diversified Organic Farming Systems (IDOFS) spearheaded by the Ligao City Agriculture Office through the Organic Agriculture Program. City Agriculturist Dexter Mendoza shared that educational tours such as the ones offered by ATI is a way of catering to the informational needs of trainees and exposing them to good organic farming practices as exhibited through the ATIng Gulayan ng DA.
“They are really eager to know more about organic agriculture and most of them want to venture into it full time, as it has been a trending farming practice in Bicol. I think our tour here (at ATI) is beneficial to them since they were also able to get information materials to support their farming activities,” he said after their tour last February 15, 2017.