ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur, April 19 - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) launched on Monday the Farm Business School (FBS) held at Novele Elementary School Multi-Purpose Hall, Novele, Rosario, this province.
Primarily, said activity aims to bring farmers together to carry out collective and collaborative enquiry to address business and marketing problems and opportunities. Further, it helps farmers to develop and strengthen their skills in order to ensure profitability of produce.
Back in 2013, FBS commenced in the province of Nueva Ecija and the result was remarkable. It augmented the income of farmers, enhanced their marketing skills thus, poverty in the province was reduced. In Agusan del Sur, Rosario was second to avail the said activity among the 14 municipalities, Esperanza being the first in 2015.
The launching was attended by DAR Regional FBS coordinator ARPO II Josette Rivera, Senior Agrarian Reform Program Officer (SARPO) Josette Simbajon, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Evita Puerin, Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Brenda B. Corvera, Municipal Agriculturist, Delia O. Valenzuela, Barangay Captain of Novele, Efrenton Perez, Novele Vegetable Growers Association (NOVEPA) Chairperson, Melba Cornelio and other members of line agencies.
There were 30 farmers identified as beneficiaries of FBS, all of them were members of NOVEPA. The activity followed a flexible curriculum and the learning demand was responsive and interactive, thus, the farmers learned from each other.
Partner agencies from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) thru the Municipal Agricultures office and BLGU gave their full support and commitment to the success of the FBS. They gave insight to the farmers in terms of inputs, market demands and applicable technologies that might be beneficial. Further, they sealed their commitment of support through signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.
“Indeed we are so grateful of this opportunity given to us. Thank you to DAR for the initiative,” says Melba Cornelio, chairman of NOVEPA. “We are united to respond to the challenges and give our full commitment to work hand in hand towards the success of this activity and somehow address the issue of food security in our own little ways,” she added.
“Ako nalipay ug dako nga nahiapil kami niining programa sa atong gobyerno nga diin mahatagan kami ug dugang kahibalo sa pagpananom ug gulay. Pinaagi niining FBS makita nato ang ka importante sa pagpananom aron moangat ang matag usa ka pamilya. Salamat sa DAR. (I am very happy that we were chosen as recipients of the DAR program. Through this we learned how important farming is to better the life of each family. Thank you to DAR),” said Lino Sangarios, an ARB and one of the beneficiaries of FBS. (Rechel Besonia, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)