Since 2015, Butuan has garnered recognition four times in the National Quality Corn Achievers Awards of the Department of Agriculture. But the laurels are not stopping the local government and its people to continue their mission to bring about sufficient production of local corn grains towards food security.
Situated in the northeastern part of Zamboanga del Sur, surrounded by vast land and water resources, the Municipality of Molave continues to provide significant contributions in the overall agricultural productivity in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Molave is a first class municipality producing various crops, including corn which is the second most important crop in the country. Its local government unit (LGU) was able to execute strategies to double its productivity for quality corn and further expand good agricultural practices (GAP) in the municipality.
A fourth class town in the province of Capiz, Dumalag has operationalized a number of interventions to bring its Food on the Table Program further. With the support of its local chief
executive and agriculture leaders, the municipality was able to formulate more comprehensive programs and projects which are systematized, financially supported, and properly implemented for the benefit of its farmers. The ultimate goal is to have fruitful harvest at the end of each cropping
Amulung is a second class municipality in the province of Cagayan with a total corn area of over 6,200 hectares and almost 4,000 corn growers.
With its rich farming endeavors, the local government envisions Amulung to be the center of high-quality agricultural products in Luzon with sustainable, environment-friendly, and globally competitive corn produced by empowered stakeholders. To achieve this, Amulung is pushing further to improve its corn industry by attaining a five percent annual growth rate in production and increasing farmers’ income by five percent annually.
In today’s technologically-driven society, millennials seem to be more inclined to seek jobs in the cityscape. However, a group of young farmers in our countryside are stepping up, hoping to create a revolution by going against the grain and aiming for the sustainable.
Part of this group is 21-year-old Rudy Concepcion II of Cauayan, Isabela. For him, agriculture is key to securing the future of the next generations, despite what other young people might perceive of it.
The Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) is an 18-month scholarship program that seeks to foster the rural development initiatives in the Philippines. The program scholars are permanent employees from three major rural development-oriented government agencies namely: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Agriculture (DA). Scholars are purposefully selected to stand as informed development managers who will help in decision-making for an efficient implementation of countryside development.
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.