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.
VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon – In order to spread the word and brief not only farmers, as well as stakeholders regarding the Rice Tarrification Law or RA11203, a radio program for it was launched at a local radio station 1134 DXMV, aka Radyo Ukay, located at Valencia City, Bukidnon last July 13, 2020 with Mr. Arthur Sapanghari as its regular anchor.
CALAUAN, Laguna – The Department of Agriculture - Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (DA-PhilMech) distributed rice farm machineries to 26 Farmers Cooperatives and Associations (FCAs) from the province of Laguna, at Laguna Agricultural Trading Center (LATC), on July 30, 2020.
MARAMAG, Bukidnon – In order to enhance and put into practical activity the theories and concepts that the rice farmer participants of the "Training of Trainers on Production of High Quality Inbred Rice Seeds, Seed Certification and Farm Mechanization" learned, the aforementioned participants were given the opportunity to go to the field and experience rice farming activities.
MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – The Training of Trainer on High Qulaity Inbred Rice Seeds, Seed Certification and Farm Mechanization recently wrapped up on July 24, 2020 at the NMACLRC, Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon with the participants armed with new learning and new networks they all shared in the 5 day face-to-face activity.
CENTRAL VISAYAS – The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 7 in collaboration with the Local Government Units of the priority provinces of Bohol and Negros Oriental conducted additional 10 Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Information Caravan to rice towns, of which nine (9) were from Bohol namely: Ubay, Talibon, Cortes, Bilar, Balilihan, Buenavista, Garcia-Hernandez, Corella and Batuan one (1) from Ayungon, Negros Oriental respectively.
The caravan was conducted from July 15 to July 29, 2020 with a total of 454 farmers briefed.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) kicks off the National Coconut Month celebration on August 5, 2020 via Facebook Live. Bearing the theme, “Masaganang Niyugan Tungo sa Kaginhawaan”, the event pushes for nationwide and global promotion of the benefits of the coconut and the coconut industry.
Following the protocols under the new normal, various activities are set to be launched physically and virtually by the PCA. These include:
"CocoPapremyo", a recognition day for coconut farmers highlighting their best practices and innovative ideas;
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.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – As the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to pursue the delivery of its extension services online, it has recently collaborated with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PEC) – Go Negosyo for the conduct of the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) Online.
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.
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.