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