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Department of Agriculture: The Year in Review (2020 Year-end report)

By: William D. Dar, PhD
Secretary

2020 has officially become the most challenging year for the Philippine agriculture sector. Massive stresses faced the country’s farmers and fishers—from volcanic eruption, infectious animal diseases, crop pest infestations, a viral pandemic that resulted in a health crisis, to falling prices of staples, and then finally a series of typhoons in the last quarter.

Youth Scholars Pursue Agriculture, Agri-Related Courses under the ATI’s EAsY Agri Program

QUEZON CITY – In support to the Department of Agriculture’s advocacy to entice the Filipino youth in leaning towards agriculture, 223 scholars from all over the country were recruited and accepted under the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) newest scholarship program - the Educational Assistance for the Youth: Degree Courses in Agriculture, and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering or the EAsY Agri Program.

ATI to Establish Greenhouse Sites in QC, Caloocan

ATI and QC officials during the MOA signing for the establishment of Greenhouse Village

DILIMAN, Quezon City— The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), has partnered with four barangays in Caloocan and Quezon cities for the establishment of “Greenhouse Village” in support to the urban agriculture initiative of the “Plant, Plant, Plant” Program.

Key ATI officials signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with representatives from barangays 179 and 180 in Caloocan, and Payatas and Tandang Sora in Quezon City which will serve as pilot areas for this undertaking.

Gawad Saka Recognizes Hard Work of Farmers, Fishers Amid Pandemic

49th Gawad Saka Parangal sa Natatanging Magsasaka at Mangingisda

DILIMAN, Quezon City—The Department of Agriculture (DA) recognized 13 individuals and nine organizations for their outstanding contributions in the country’s agriculture and fisheries sector during the “49th Gawad Saka: Parangal sa Natatanging Magsasaka at Mangingisda” presented virtually, December 14.

Gawad Saka is an annual search led by the DA, together with its bureaus and attached agencies, that aims to pay tribute to the achievements of farmers and fishers in the country. This was first launched as the “Search for Outstanding Farmers of the Year” in 1970.

Pangilinan: ‘The future is digital in farming’

Senator Francis Pangilinan during the virtual TGP 2020 Summit.

TRECE MARTIRES, Cavite—As the global pandemic still “rages on,” Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan underscores his support to the promotion of digital technology among Filipino farmers and fishers.

In his keynote speech during the virtual Techno Gabay Program (TGP) 2020 Summit of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) in CALABARZON, Pangilinan stressed that various technologies already exist that can be used to lower the risks or losses of farmers and, thus, help them earn more.

AgriTalk 2020 Goes Online

DILIMAN, Quezon City—A new series of free webinars is made available for urban farmers and agri enthusiasts as the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Central Office, in collaboration with Agriculture Magazine, launches this year’s AgriTalk online.

The program, hosted by Agri Magazine’s editor-in-chief Yvette Tan, will offer discussions and actual demonstration on urban gardening, product processing, and agripreneurship.

Cooperators from selected ATI Learning Sites for Agriculture from Central Luzon and CaLaBarZon will serve as resource speakers during the program.

‘Binhi Para sa Pamayanan’ Enlists Extension Partners

Atanacio

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Four agricultural organizations from Quezon City and CALABARZON have signed up to help the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) boost the promotion of urban agriculture through the “Binhi Para sa Pamayanan” Program.

These organizations, which are certified learning sites and extension partners of the ATI, are first to join the program which aims to produce and distribute ready-to-plant vegetable seedlings to ensure healthy and nutritious food in the local communities.

DA to Harness Youth Potential in Agribusiness

QUEZON CITY ---- The Department of Agriculture (DA) took a major leap in its effort to involve the youth in agriculture as it launched another program seen to empower the younger generation on agribusiness.

Dubbed as the Kabataan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Agrikultura at Pangingisda (K-PAP) Program, the KPAP aims to produce young leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the agriculture and fisheries sector. It will provide appropriate interventions and create opportunities to develop the capacities of the youth and encourage them youth to venture in agriculture and entrepreneurship.

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