Compilation of 2011 news...
Why are there "finishers" and "quitters" in our e-Learning courses?
Mr. Armel Lozano provided us some hints from his thesis “Conditions Leading to Completion and Discontinuance of Enrollees to ATI e-Learning for Agriculture and Fishery Program in Eastern Visayas”.
Twenty-five (25) farmers, housewives and out-of-school youths of barangays San Miguel and San Julian in Eastern Samar received their certificates of participation in the Season-Long Farmers Field School (FFS) on Off-Season Vegetable Production on December 17, 2011. The four-month FFS started in July 2011 in partnership with the local government units and provincial government of Eastern Samar.
The activity was done in response to the clamor of the farmers for knowledge on improved system on vegetable production, especially off-season vegetable production.
With the weaning out of the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) to ATI, comes the challenge to better equip extension workers to carry out the program modality to hasten modernization process for extension service in agriculture, forestry and natural resources and environment. This led to the approval of the proposal for two batches educational tour of TGP implementers that was submitted by the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program to ATI.
RA 10068 also known as the Organic Agriculture Act outlines the policy to promote, propagate, further develop and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines. One core area of operation provided in the Act is the implementation of organic agriculture programs, projects and activities that include the provision and delivery of support services.
Baybay City, Leyte. Twenty-nine agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from the Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Project (IRPEP)-focused municipalities of Leyte, Samar, and Northern Samar provinces finished the season-long training of trainers’ course on rice-based production technologies. The ceremony was held at the Visayas State University (VSU) Gymnasium on November 18, 2011.
The Visayas State University-based ATI-RTC 8 hosted the islandwide training of trainers (TOT) on lowland rice quality seed production and community seed banks on November 7-11, 2011. Thirty ATI, DA-RFU, and Office of the Provincial Agriculture Office staff from the Visayas regions participated in the said training at the Center for Continuing Education, VSU, Babybay City, Leyte.
ATI 8 brought together the 4H club leaders and members in the west part of Samar Island specifically from the municipalities of Gandara and Sta Margarita for a three-day training on project management and skills enhancement on November 7-9, 2011 in Brgy. Balud, Sta Margarita, Samar.
The 52 4Hers went through leadership and management modules designed to further strengthen their capabilities. They reviewed the 4H club development programs and their roles in the development endeavors of their communities.
The ATI 8 conducted the 2nd leg municipal-wide AgriPinoy briefing and teknoklinik in October 2011. The leg started simultaneously in the municipalities of Matag-ob in Leyte and San Sebastian in Samar on October 3. It ended in Biliran of Biliran province and in Lawaan of Eastern Samar province on October 21. There were 18 technokliniks in 18 municipalities, three municipalities per province throughout the region.
The changing climatic condition of the world has threatened agricultural production, altering production cycles and incedence of pests and diseases, affecting suitability of land and water for food production among others.
Agriculture needs to be resilient against climate change. Filipinos consume rice as staple food and rice is commonly grown using monocropping techniques, which is particularly vulnerable to climate change-induced biological hazards.
In a call to increase rice production through the strong participation of the marginal upland rice farmers, the ATI-RTC VIII implemented the training on upland rice production on September 26-30, 2011. Twenty-four agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from Samar island participated in the short course.
With the enablement of the upland rice farmers and provision of the right technology, it is hoped that the conservative production capacity of 30 to 40 cavans per hectare would increase to 80 to 90.