KIDAPAWAN CITY- To harmonize the implementation of Rice Extension Services Program (RESP) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in the Region, the ATI-RTC 12 organized a series of consultation meetings along with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region 12.
Four consultation meetings were conducted across the region. For South Cotabato Province, it was held last July 9, 2020 at ATI-RTC 12, San Felipe, Tantangan. The day after was the consultation for Sarangani and Gensan held at Envirogreen Village Educational Foundation, Inc.
For the past 20 years, farmer Teodolfo Gindap of Barbasa, Antique, has been using traditional rice seeds, giving him a measly harvest of 1,500 kilograms (kg) or roughly 30 cavans of palay, from a 7,500-square meter farm lot.
Last 2019-2020 dry season, he got a record harvest of 3.8 MT, more than double his previous yields in his two decades of farming, as he planted for the first time certified inbred rice seeds. He thus earned an additional income of P39,000 from his toil.
Recognizing the major role of women in Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) bats for a stronger, gender-inclusive seed system to further boost food production and farmers’ incomes.
“Under the Duterte administration, the DA will continue to empower women farmers, being indispensable partners of their farmer-husbands, brothers, or sons. Together, they form our formidable food security army,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—Cashew, cassava, camote tops, banana, pineapple, and papaya are only some of the fruits, vegetables, and crops that provide vitamins and minerals that boost immunity and can help Filipinos in the fight against the pandemic.
BAGONG SILANGAN, Quezon City—The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program transforms another community in Quezon City with the establishment of a communal garden at a local learning center.
Under the Urban Agriculture initiative of the program, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) supported the launch of a community garden at the Headstart Campus in Bukluran, Barangay Bagong Silangan to empower residents and provide them the means to grow their own food for nutritional and economic advantages.
CALOOCAN CITY—In the continuous move to mainstream the production of urban-grown food, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recognize the role of the religious sector in transforming lives and have now joined hands with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan for an urban agriculture project.
This undertaking, under DA’s “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program, was sealed with a Memorandum of Agreement and a formal turnover of more than 1,200 starter kits to the families and communities being assisted by the Diocese.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—With the increasing importance of food production amid the present health crisis, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in different countries in South America are looking at investing in agricultural ventures in the Philippines.
In a webinar hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Brazil and the Office of Agricultural Attaché in Washington, DC, USA, some 30 OFWs in Brazil, Suriname, Colombia, Guyana, and Venezuela welcomed the programs and services offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for agri-fishery start-ups.
CALABARZON – In partnership with Radyo Natin 106.3 Laguna, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Calabarzon resumed its information caravan on RCEF for the province of Laguna through a radio program, dubbed as “TalaPalayan: Talakayan ukol sa RCEF Program” after it was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary Grace Leidia, Rice Focal Person of ATI IV-A, answered questions about the Rice Tariffication Law and its RCEF program during TalaPalayan’s pilot airing on August 4, 2020.
MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – Last July 20, 2020, the first episode of the “Rise with Rice: A Radio Program on Inbred Rice Seeds Production and Farm Mechanization” under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Program was launched at DXDB-AM or Radyo Bandilyo in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
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.