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Vegetarian Awareness Month Showcases Benefits of Plant-based Diet

This October, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) joins the world in celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month and supports Filipino consumers in exploring plant-based options for diet and nutrition.

Vegetarian Awareness Month is observed in different countries every year, as it kicks off with World Vegetarian Day on October 1 and ends with World Vegan Day on November 1. World Vegetarian Day was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.

Urban Agri Beneficiaries Trained on Vegetable Seed Production

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DILIMAN, Quezon City—To capacitate the beneficiaries of the “Plant, Plant, Plant” program in producing quality seeds of vegetables, legumes, and herbs and spices, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), conducted a three-day training on vegetable seed production.

Learning in the New Normal: QCU, ATI Conduct a Three-Part Webinar Series on Urban Agriculture

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – In the midst of all the pandemic challenges, the Quezon City University (QCU), in partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), utilized an alternative form of learning to capacitate some of QCU students and personnel in growing safe and nutritious food within their homes.

UP Jeepney Drivers’ Association Gears Up for Urban Gardening

DILIMAN, Quezon City— Members of the UP Jeepney Drivers’ Association in Quezon City are now ready to shift gears and start a new venture to support their livelihood amid the pandemic.

This is after receiving free urban agriculture starter kits from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) under the “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

DA Rolls Out Php250-M Agribusiness Grants for Farmer Cooperatives

Committed to improve the lives of Farmer/fisherfolk Cooperatives and Associations or FCAs, the Department of Agriculture developed a new program to assist cooperatives through a financial grant.

The program entitled Enhanced Kadiwa Financial Grant aims to give cooperatives additional capital to be able to purchase supplies and equipment that will help them sell their produce directly to consumers. This may include vegetables crates, packing equipment, delivery truck and revolving fund as assemblers or consolidators of fresh produce.

ATI Renews Push for AEWs’ Magna Carta

DILIMAN, Quezon City – One of the proposed priority legislative agenda and reform measures of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is the Magna Carta for Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). This is to accord our extension workers with their duly-guaranteed rights and privileges provided by the Constitution, and other existing laws. Likewise, to foster improved working environment geared towards the provision of quality extension services to local farmers and fishers.

4 Civic Organizations Join DA’s Urban Agri Network

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Amid the global pandemic, more households in Metro Manila and nearby provinces are set to join the move towards a food-sufficient country as the Department of Agriculture (DA) has partnered with four non-government organizations (NGO) in promoting urban agriculture in the Philippines.

MVM Message Movements Media, Inc., Project Pearls, AGREA, and Metro Pacific Investment Foundation are the newest addition to the expanding communities and network of the urban agriculture initiative, under the Department’s “Plant, Plant, Plant” program.

RCEF Extension Services Benefit Over 18,000 Rice Farmers

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Over 18,360 farmers have now been trained through the Farmers’ Field School (FFS) under the Rice Extension Services Program (RESP) of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

This was reported during the RCEF-RESP team meeting conducted virtually on September 9, 2020. These farmers received training at different Farm Schools starting 2019 and were supported through scholarship vouchers as part of the program.

DA Allots PHP 400 M for Urban Agri for Household Food Security

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allotting PHP 400 million under the “Bayanihan to Recover As One Act” or “Bayanihan 2” to further expand the Duterte administration’s urban agriculture program and attain family household food security.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for recently signing “Bayanihan 2” that earmarks an additional fund of PHP 24 billion for the DA to bankroll several initiatives to help perk up the national economy.

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ATI Today

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.