The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is one with the United Nations in the celebration of the 2020 Desertification and Drought Day.
This year's observance focuses on changing public attitudes towards the leading driver of desertification and land degradation: humanity’s relentless production and consumption.
As populations become larger, wealthier, and more urban, the demand for land to provide food, animal feeds, and fiber for clothing grows larger. Meanwhile, the health and productivity of existing arable land is declining, worsened by climate change.
“Investment in agriculture can help revive food production and create jobs following a crisis and enable rural communities to recover.”
According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the government must continue to partner with the local government units and the private sectors, to increase food sufficiency levels, and modernize and industrialize the country’s agri-fishery sector.
In an effort to digitize Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Planters Products Inc. (PPI) and the Satsure AG signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on June 8, to provide better crop insurance in the country using satellite technology.
The MOA signing was witnessed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) President Atty. Jovy Bernabe.
BAYBAY CITY, Leyte –Similar to most programs, activities related to the Rice Comprehensive Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in the region has been put on hold for the time being. ATI in Eastern Visayas eyes to resume training activities in July 2020.
Recent events have posted changes to adapt to the “new normal” set-up of implementing extension programs. One of which is the reduction of training participants, development of blended learning activities and minimizing mass gatherings.
KIDAPAWAN CITY- Recently, CoViD-19 or widely known as the Corona Virus Disease 2019 has significantly affected people’s lives worldwide. Countries are in lock down, 6.15M people were infected and the virus has claimed immense number of lives.
Following the outbreak of CoViD-19 which started in Wuhan, Hubei, China, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a national state of calamity last March 16 in the country due to the said disease. The proclamation also declared enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the entire island of Luzon.
PILI, Camarines Sur- The activities for Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund or RCEF have gone online too.
According to the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute Bicol Assistant Center Director Vivien Carable, who serves as a team leader of RCEF, they have utilized social media to continue their activities, which were preempted by the global pandemic.
It was made possible through ATI Bicol #Sarabay Channel which is streamed over Facebook Live.
CAGAYAN VALLEY -- Aside from disseminating information, education and communication (IEC) materials on Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and rice technology updates, flipchart on palaycheck system were packaged, reproduced and distributed to farm schools conducting the modified farmers’ field school.
NOVALICHES, Caloocan City – Some residents in selected barangays in Caloocan City are added to the pool of urban agriculture movers in the metro as the Department of Agriculture continues to intensify food security in cities, especially amid continuing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Starting this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will vigorously push for farm clustering and consolidation, being one of the key strategies to level up the Philippine agriculture sector.
“It is important to convince farmers and their respective cooperatives and associations or FCAs to merge and come together to optimize the interventions and assistance provided by the DA and other government agencies,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
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.