RA 10601 Ties the Knot Between ATI, PHilMech

ATI-AFMech Focals with Deputy Director Alfedo S. Aton put their fists up in the air for a successful meeting w/ PhilMech

DILIMAN, Quezon City — Sharing the goal of achieving secure and safe food, as well as increasing the income of farmers, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) convened to harmonize all activities in relation to the implementation of the R.A. 10601 or The Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization (AFMech) Law.

R.A. 10601 aims to promote the development and adoption of modern, appropriate and cost-effective, and environmentally-safe agricultural and fisheries machinery and equipment to enhance productivity and efficiency. Moreover, it aims to strengthen support services such as training, research, credit, extension programs, rural infrastructure, postharvest facilities and marketing services.

With this law, the Department of Agriculture through ATI, is mandated to train farmers, fisherfolk, manufacturers, extension workers, agricultural engineers, technicians and operators on agri-fisheries mechanization. The Institute is also tasked, in collaboration with the Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization Research and Development and Extension Network (AFMechRDEN), to formulate and implement a National Training Program to continuously upgrade the technical and management capabilities of agricultural engineers and extension workers. While PHilMech is mandated to generate, extend commercialize-appropriate and problem-oriented agriculture and fisheries postharvest and mechanization technologies.

A total of 24 participants from the ATI network of training centers and PHilMech participated in the meeting and were able to come-up with the 2017 Calendar of Activities for the AFMech Implementation. Among the first activities in their list is a re-orientation on the AFMech Law which is scheduled on February 20-22, 2017 at the ATI Training Center in Cordillera Administrative Region. This will then be followed by a technical conference on Postharvest and Mechanization on March 6-10 in General Santos City.

This Consultative Meeting for ATI AFMech Focals was spearheaded by ATI's Career Development and Management Division. It was held on February 6, 2017 at the Rural Development Education Center (RDEC) in the ATI Compound in this city.