DILIMAN, Quezon City—Thirty one agricultural extension workers (AEWs) in the Ilocos Region are taking on a new role in the food security efforts amid the pandemic by helping foster better understanding on modern biotechnology among farmers.
Erika Z. Vizcarra
DILIMAN, Quezon City—Efforts to develop policies on agricultural and fisheries extension (AFE) are now being re-shaped to ensure the continued growth of farming and fishing communities even in the new normal.
The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), through its Policy and Planning Division (PPD), has drawn up priorities in terms of enhancing AFE-related policies and standards to continue to address the needs of farmers, fishers, and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) in the country.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—Now a daily activity in the household of actress and chef Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, urban farming has become a constant source not only of proper nutrition but also of a garden-to-table learning experience for their family.
The now-certified plantita, who ventured into urban farming when the community quarantine started, has discovered the advantages in having their own vegetable production area at home. She shared this, together with some vegetable recipes, in the fourth episode of Agri Tayo streamed over Facebook and YouTube on July 23.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—Practitioners of urban agriculture in the country are stressing the importance of having the willingness to learn proper seed-to-table techniques as key to productive farming at home.
“You will always reap something from gardening, whether good or bad… This is a learning experience for everybody, and there are so many resources out there available for us to learn from,” celebrity farmer Mylene Dizon said.
In the third episode of Agri Tayo, dubbed as “Meet Your (Urban) Garden II”, Dizon called on everyone to start urban gardening now.
MABALACAT, Pampanga—To drive the seed industry to develop improved varieties, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now working with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and some private institutions for the establishment of a National Seed Technology Park at the New Clark City.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is slowly transforming its digital infrastructure for corporate communications and training delivery services with the use of Google applications via G Suite.
G Suite offers a range of cloud-based productivity tools that enable users to communicate and collaborate in real time. It provides business-grade services through custom email, additional cloud storage, 24/7 customer support, and seamless integration of Google apps such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, and Meet.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.