SAN MATEO, ISABELA. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said “the youth, given the appropriate support, can meaningfully contribute to rebooting Philippine agriculture.” Indeed, the youth is the hope of our fatherland.
As a call to give support to the youth, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) offers an Educational Assistance for the Youth (EAsY) Agri-Scholarship Program for the incoming first year in college.
The program aims to support the children of smallholder-farmers and fishers who are inclined to agriculture providing them equal opportunities to pursue a degree program in agriculture and fishery related courses.
The ATI Region 02 rolled out the scholarship program last March 2020. Aspiring applicants across the region submitted their application forms and other requirements to their respective Municipal Agriculture Office. This month, the scholarship committee is currently conducting written examination and interview to ensure that deserving youth shall be given the opportunity.
Sec. Dar says that the passion and energy of the youth is a crucial contribution to the sector, especially now that majority of our Filipino farmers are already aging. With this educational assistance, the Department of Agriculture with ATI seek to produce men and women who are equipped with modern and innovative ideas who shall continue to carry out the mission of our sector and that is to ensure food sufficiency.