Eighty six (86) agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Batangas are now proud certified farmer technicians after completing an extensive training sponsored by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Merle H. Manalo said “our farmer beneficiaries were trained on rice production, farm management, diversified rice-based farming system, farm planning, organic farming, budgeting and record keeping, operation and routine maintenance of farm machines, vermi-compost production and organic vegetable production.”
“The training’s objective is to help our ARBs gain extra income. They were taught farming technologies to increase their agricultural productivity and the basics on business operation to improve the marketing of their products in their locality,” Manalo added.
Manalo said the training participants were farmer-members of the Pinagsibaan Farmers Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PIFADECO) MPC and MAGAHIS MPC, who all expressed gratitude for having been trained on agricultural technology and extension services.
Farmer Nestor Bayer, one of the participants, said “the trainings were very important to us because we learned techniques on organic farming and the good benefits of using organic fertilizers. It was helpful not only to us, but also for the other members of the locality because they can eat vegetables without chemicals”.
Technical Training Director Isagani G. Catedral expressed his appreciation to the farmer-beneficiaries graduates.
“I am very grateful that we have imparted our knowledge on agricultural technology as well as in organic farming. I hope that all the graduates will continue to share to other farmers what they have learned from us and improve their lives by practicing what they have learned,” Cathedral said.
The training was implemented under the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). (Jasper C. Maralit)
Photo 1: Mr. Nestor Bayer, one of the graduates and Board of Director of PIFADECO MPC receives his certification of completion from Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Merle Manalo and Dr. Isagani Catedral.
Photo 2: MAGAHIS MPC graduates together with PARPO Merle Manalo (lady in brown/center) and Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ma. Divina Carpena (lady in brown/standing).