Agri-Pinoy trainers’ undergo training

ORGANIC FARMING - Wilson Oriño (left) of Caritas Diocese of Libmanan explains the advantages of organic farming to some 50 participants composed of agricultural extension workers, LGUs farm technicians, NGOs and DepEd personnel during the provincial Training of Trainers on Agri-Pinoy, a new agricultural thrust of the Department of Agriculture. - L.A.GAVINO

PILI, Camarines Sur―To promote full  understanding  of  the  Agri-Pinoy  Program under  the Aquino administration,  the   Department  of  Agriculture-Regional Field Unit  5 (DA-RFU5) and the Agricultural  Training  Institute(ATI), in  coordination with  the  provincial  government of Camarines Sur through the Office of the  Provincial  Agriculturist (OPA) conducted  a  three- day  training  dubbed “Training  of  Trainers  on  Agri- Pinoy  Program.”

According  to  the  Office  of the  Provincial  Agriculturist (OPA),  50  participants  attended  the  first  batch  of the  training  composed  of  LGU  farm  technicians, agricultural  extension  workers, personnel of the  Department  of  Education (DepEd),  and  Non-Government  Organizations (NGOs)  from  the  municipalities  of  the  first  and  second  districts  of  Camarines  Sur   as  well  as Tigaon  and  Goa.

Topics  discussed  during  the  training  were:  Overview  of  the  Agri-Pinoy Program (Framework  and Objectives),  The  LIKASAKA  Concept,  Pamamaraan  sa  Likasaka: Pagproseso  at  Paggamit  ng  Natural  na  Kagamitan  ng  Produksiyon, Tilapia  Production,  Seed  Production  Technology  for  Rice  and Corn  and  Internal  Control  System,  Gulayan  sa  Paaralan, Attitiudes, Skills  and  Discipline  of  a  Good  Trainer,  and  Action Planning.

A major  feature  of  the  Agri-Pinoy  Program  is  the  Oplan  Seeding  Project  anchored  on  the  theme:  “Bridging  the  gap, touching  the  heart.”

Oplan  Seeding aims to foster constituency  building  to  promote  the active  participation among  farmers,  NGOs, Private  Sector, and  LGUs   towards  agricultural  development.

The  project  has  key  result  areas namely:  Agri-Pinoy  Promotion  and  Development, Pinoy  Seedbank, a  community-based  seed  banking  program, Gulayan  sa  Paaralan, and  Pinoy  Encounter―an  avenue  for  the  private  sector  and  the  DA  to have  a  face-to-face  encounter which  will   serve  as a  problem  resolution  management  strategy.

Governor  LRay  Villafuerte  supports  the  program  under  the  new  administration especially  that  the  national  government  has  the  same  objective with  the  provincial  government to  boost  agricultural  productivity  wherein  DA  will  work  hand  in  hand  with  the  NGOs  and the  LGUs  towards  sustainable  agricultural  development.

The  two  remaining  batches  will  undergo  the  same  training  on  Oct.  27  to  29  and Nov.  10  to  12  respectively.LAGavino

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