For this quarter, the cover highlights Felino “Leo” T. Remaneses, a local farmer of Mangan, Banga, Aklan, and his new undertaking and investment - the Black Soldier Fly (BSF). As a man of ambition, determination, and innovation, he does not settle for less. He continues to explore new things such as BSF.
Featured in this issue’s cover is the symbol of ATI’s determination and contribution to fighting viral diseases like COVID-19 and African Swine Fever (ASF).
ATI @34 LEADS in Mobilizing & Empowering Partners & Communities Towards One DA is our theme for this anniversary. In Western Visayas, a double cup cake symbolizes the historic “salakot” as a payment for the purchase of Panay Island where RTC-6 is located now.
COVID-19 pandemic surfaces most of the first semester of 2020. The Department of Agriculture (DA) launches the “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program and “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Laban sa COVID-19” that aim to increase the level of food availability of the agricultural commodities specifically vegetables while facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adapting to the “new normal” is a recurring phrase when the pandemic broke out in the country. The conduct of seminars and training; and provision of after-training support and Information, Education, and Communication materials are executed while observing necessary health protocols. Hence, this issue reveals the agricultural extension in the new normal.