DILIMAN, Quezon City—Some senior citizens in Caloocan City are now partners of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in establishing more green gardens after receiving their starter kits through the ATIng Gulayan ng DA: Vegetable Garden in the City.
This urban agriculture initiative, under the DA’s “Plant, Plant, Plant, Program, is facilitated by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) to encourage city dwellers to take part in ensuring food-secure communities by creating their own vegetable gardens at home.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and private sector partners launched on May 4, the “eKadiwa,” an online marketing platform that directly links producers and agripreneurs to consumers.
“Through eKadiwa, we strengthen our commitment to providing every Filipino family a convenient and easier way to buying fresh, nutritious, and safe food products by simply using a mobile phone or computer,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), its bureaus, regional field offices, attached agencies, and corporations nationwide are resuming full operations, starting Monday, May 4, 2020, as part of the government’s efforts to gradually phase into the “new normal,” amid the implementation of enhanced or general community quarantine in the country.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar continues to encourage local chief executives (LCEs) to buy from farmers and fishers their products — vegetables, fruits, chicken, hogs, and fish, among others — and include these in relief food packs distributed to constituents.
“By doing so, we help our farmers and fishers earn and make a decent living amid the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Secretary Dar, who previously asked the LCEs to consider the said initiative in mid-March, when President Rodrigo Duterte imposed the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
QUEZON CITY--Following the launch of the Urban Agriculture Program with the Quezon City Government, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has now partnered with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to establish an integrated urban garden in Camp Aguinaldo.
With the pressing demand to boost food production, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) are joining efforts to conduct more trainings to further enhance the skills and know-how of farmers and farmworkers under the “new normal” era in agricultural production, and food value chain.
Baguio City -- The Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita is helping more vegetable farmers from the Cordillera sell their produce and earn income amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being enforced throughout Luzon.
Since March 17, around 7,000 vegetable farmers from the Cordillera were assisted and benefited with the implementation of the “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” program, according to the DA-CAR.
Given the 'new normal' scenario, the Department of Agriculture (DA) from hereon will partner strongly with the private sector, particularly with agribusiness conglomerates like San Miguel Corporation (SMC) that committed to buy various products from farmers and fishers to ensure the steady supply of adequate, accessible and affordable food for consumers in Metro Manila and other urban centers nationwide.
Several companies and institutional buyers are now partnering with the Department of Agriculture (DA), particularly in its ‘Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita’ marketing program, where farm products are bought on a wholesale basis from farmers and retailed to consumers on affordable prices in Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar cited that Agri Nurture, Inc. (ANI) has expressed the intention to buy more quantities of farmers’ harvests on a regular basis.
With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine, now is as good a time as any to expand one’s knowledge and try other ventures such as farming. Through the “e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries” of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), this is possible for thousands of Filipinos without having to leave their own homes.
Launched in 2007, e-Learning is a component of the e-Extension Program of ATI, the training and extension arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The program offers alternative means of gaining new knowledge about farming for free.
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.