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Call to Support Local Produce, Farmers Headlines NRAM 2020

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) joins the nation in celebrating the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) this November with the message “Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. #SupportourRiceFarmers”.

The celebration of NRAM for this year follows up last year’s campaign, this time underscoring not only marketing and consumption, but also the production of local rice. It encourages various rice stakeholders to support Filipino farmers especially in buying their harvests at a reasonable price; and the rice-consuming public to patronize locally produced rice.

DA to Support Clustered Backyard Poultry, Livestock Farms

In succeeding months, more organized backyard livestock and poultry farms will rise in the countryside as the Department of Agriculture (DA) implements an expanded livestock and poultry production and livelihood project.

“With this initiative, we aim to help farm families recover from the loss of jobs and unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those whose hogs and poultry stocks were depopulated due to the African Swine Fever or avian influenza (bird flu), respectively,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

BFAR, ATI Conducts Urban Agriculture Webinar for Retirees

DILIMAN, Quezon City — The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) intensifies its urban agriculture program through partnerships with different communities and organizations. This include the recently concluded online “Retirement Management Workshop” facilitated by the Human Resource Development Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in October 19 -22, 2020.

Urban Farming: Sowing Seeds of Hope amidst Pandemic

Actress and host Angel Locsin learns urban gardening from Rev. Fr. Eduardo Vasquez, Jr.

CALOOCAN CITY, Metro Manila – A few months back, there was a looming fear of food insecurity as the spread of novel coronavirus disease posed threats to the country’s food supply chain. Inflation of food prices and volatility of income imply an increasing number of families who have to slash food quantity and quality in their consumption. As such, the Department of Agriculture (DA) intensified its call for communities and households to start their own vegetable garden to ensure available and nutritious food for all, particularly for city dwellers.

RCEF Farm School Owners Trained on Using RCM Advisory Service

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Farm School owners under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Program and representatives from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Laguna and Quezon were trained on Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Advisory Service (RAS).

The “Regional Training of Trainers on Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Advisory Service (RAS)” was intended to create a pool of trainers to handle basic trainings on the use of RCM, including generation of its recommendation.

ATI Region VI Hosts its 1st RCEF TOT Blended Learning Course

BANGA, AKLAN – ATI Region 6 hosts its first batch of flexible learning modality with conduct of Training of Trainers on the Production of High-quality Inbred Rice and Seeds, and Farm Mechanization that runs from September 14-25, 2020. The first phase was conducted via Zoom Platform that focused more on lectures and micro teaching while the second phase was done face-to-face that carried out the hands-on activities held at Dreamer’s Valley Camp & Resort, Buenavista, Tigbauan, Iloilo.

Newly Appointed, Promoted Personnel Take Oath

oath taking October 2020

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Some newly appointed and promoted employees of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Central Office have taken their oath with Director Alfredo Aton in a ceremony held last October 13, 2020.

Three of the promoted personnel are from the Partnerships and Accreditation Division. Rosemarie Dulla, chief of the Extension Development Section and focal person for Corn Program, was promoted as Supervising Agriculturist. Also, Romermart Aubigne Peñamora was promoted as Development Management Officer II and Jomar Tabor was appointed as Agriculturist I.

DA to Promote Rice Varieties Preferred by Consumers

After attaining increased palay production during the 2019-2020 dry season and the current main season, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now aiming to promote rice varieties preferred by consumers.

“We need to adapt to the changes brought about by the rice tariffication law, one of which is consumers’ preference for quality rice. This is now an integral part of the overall transformation of the country’s rice industry,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

Digital Literacy Continues for Farmers Across Regions

More farmers are taking on the challenge to become future-ready as they participate in the first level of the Digital Farmers Program (DFP), the DFP 101.

After the conduct of the DFP 101 Master Trainers’ Bootcamp in June 2020, the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) network of training centers resumed to reaching more farmers and youth towards creating a digitally enabled farming environment.

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