DAR Trains Farmers In Business Competency

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dar web news pix 1 feb. 25 2014 400Over 200 hundred farmer-beneficiaries in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya are now proud graduates of the Farm Business School (FBS) established by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DA-ATI).

DAR Regional Director Marjorie Alzate said that the school aims to teach agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) not only the modern and proper ways of farming but also in improving their knowledge in business.

“The school trained them on business techniques so they can properly manage their produce and agri-products as it goes out in the market,” Alzate said.

The farmers were taught bookkeeping, cash flows, market surveys, review and selling products, costing and labor and proper packaging of their products.

dar web news pix 2 feb. 25 2014 400Heiko Bammann, a representative of FAO-United Nations Headquarters in Rome was present during the graduation rites of the first batch of farmers under the FBS program.

“The most important is that you can stand up and speak up to your buyers. Now that your knowledge on business is broadened and you speak the language, you can now set-up and negotiate much better,” said Bammann.

FAO Specialist Gomer Tumbali agrees that the farmers will greatly benefit once they apply and practice what they have learned in the next cropping season. He said that the marketing skills taught to the ARBs plus their lessons on product packaging will definitely help in adding quality to their products and most importantly, attract more buyers.

According to Alzate, the ARBs are set to continue with regular discussions and fora even after finishing the FBS program to further improve their farm management skills and knowledge.

The second batch of farmer-students is scheduled to start with the FBS in April in Nueva Vizcaya.