New set of trainers graduated from the Training of Trainers on Digital Farmers Program (DFP) and are expected to introduce digital farming to farmers. The training was held at ATI-RTC 02, San Mateo, Isabela from June 14-17, 2022.
Twenty-five agricultural extension workers (AEWs) from various municipalities of Isabela, Cagayan, and Nueva Vizcaya joined in the training.
The four-day training focused on the first two levels of the program, DFP 101 and 102. The two levels cover Smartphone 101, basic and advanced agriculture apps, social media marketing, internet safety tips, e-commerce, and social media content creation.
The trained AEWs are expected to head the roll-out of the program in their municipalities that caters farmers and youth. They accepted the role to bring digitalized farming down to the farmers. The farmers shall be trained in maximizing the use of smartphone and other ICT resources in their farming activities.
“Para sa amin sa Calayan, Cagayan, ang DFP ay isang level up para sa mga farmers,” said Catherine Payas, AEW from LGU-Calayan. She also added that she will coordinate with their local chief executive and municipal agriculturist to improve their internet connection. Better connection shall help farmers to access various agriculture apps and social media platforms.
Launched in 2019, DFP aims to equip the farmers with knowledge and skills on how to use the basic ICT tools including social media, climate and weather monitoring applications, and online activity and payment options. It consists of ladderized approach in helping farmers make better farming decisions, access more market opportunities, and increase their livelihood and income. The program contents are broken down in to three level; namely DFP 101 (Beginner), DFP 102 (Intermediate), and DFP 103 (Advance).