ATI pushes LSA cooperators to establish farm schools

Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) cooperators of Region 02 convene for the Organic Agriculture Consultation and Learning Site Conference held last November 24 at ATI-RTC 02 San Mateo Center, San Mateo, Isabela.

“We have different roles to perform. And as Learning Site cooperators, you have a big role to perform especially in the extension program of our government. You are our partners in our extension initiatives,” said OIC- Center Director Imelda M. Guillermo.

The ATI-RTC 02 encouraged the LSA cooperators to elevate their farms to become a farm school. ATI will be assisting them in the development of a competency-based curriculum and in the accreditation process.

The activity served as an avenue to promote and disseminate the different programs that are available for the stakeholders in the establishment of farm schools. Government agencies who presented their programs include the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

The Learning Site for Agriculture is an extension modality developed by ATI to serve as a model in showcasing applicable agriculture technologies and agri-products/by-products processing technologies. These farms are employing doable farming strategies and operating successfully. The ATI is assisting the farmer-cooperators in terms of technical services and funding support to continuously develop their farms.

“Mas lalong nadagdagan ang aking kaalaman mula sa mga na-i-present na mga programa ng iba’t ibang ahensya. Napakarami palang pwedeng i-avail na makatutulong sa aming mga magsasaka,” said Mr. Ciriaco M. Olipas Jr of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya.

“We should improve yung mga assistance na naibibigay sa atin. At sana i-embrace natin yung mga ibang program ng gobiyerno,” Mr. Olipas added.

It was also during the conference where the LSA cooperators agreed to have a common operation practices during the conduct of field visits, technology demonstration and training programs in their respective farms. The LSA cooperators were also consulted on the projects and programs of the Organic Agriculture Program for the succeeding years.