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National Coconut Month Strengthens Commodity Promotion in New Normal

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;

Policy Dev’t Priorities for Agri Extension Set for New Normal

The ATI Policy and Planning Division workforce during mid-year assessment and planning workshop.

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.

Urban Farming is Family Affair for More Pinoys

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo joins Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, and ATI’s Romermart Peñamora in Agri Tayo.

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.

ATI, Smart Team Up for Urban Gardening Web Series

Tips and techniques on backyard gardening are offered on a web series produced by Smart Communications, Inc., in partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute.

Through the online show “Kalye Mabunga,” agriculture enthusiasts and backyard farmers can learn how to plant a variety of backyard crops and herbs, and how to cook these into healthy dishes at home.

Moreover, topics on nutrition, plant growth cycle, and some do-it-yourself agri projects will also be highlighted in different episodes hosted by Emmanuel Angeles of Twenty Manila.

DA, ATI Bring RCEF Extension Updates in Virtual Presser

DILIMAN, Quezon City—The Task Group on Food Security of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) held a virtual presser where Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes and Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Assistant Director Rosana Mula gave updates on the training and extension services under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

ATI Calabarzon holds TOT on RCEF under New Normal

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite - In support to the Republic Act No. 11203 otherwise known as the "Rice Tariffication Law," the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Calabarzon rolls out the first Training of Trainers (TOT) on Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

The training follows the standard protocols on social distancing, wearing of masks and frequent hand washing to ensure prime health and safety of the participants and trainers.

RCEF Info Caravan Boasts First-Ever 4-Province Simulcast Radio Broadcast, YouTube Stream

PILI, Camarines Sur- In response to the prohibition of mass gathering in light of Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute has redesigned the conduct of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Information Caravan to attune to the new normal.

Learning Never Stops, Urban Agri Practitioners Say

Agri Tayo with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Mylene Dizon, and experts from ATI and BPI.

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Practitioners of urban agriculture in the country are stressing the importance of having the willingness to learn proper seed-to-table techniques as key to productive farming at home.

“You will always reap something from gardening, whether good or bad… This is a learning experience for everybody, and there are so many resources out there available for us to learn from,” celebrity farmer Mylene Dizon said.

In the third episode of Agri Tayo, dubbed as “Meet Your (Urban) Garden II”, Dizon called on everyone to start urban gardening now.

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