GUINOBATAN, Albay—Thirty farmers from the town of Sungtan here graduated from the Farm Business School (FBS) established by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to develop their farm enterprise and make their business operations profitable.
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Atty. Leo Miguel A. Ramos said the graduates are farmer-members of the Guinobatan Highland Agrarian Reform Community Association (GHARCA).
“The FBS is an on-site entrepreneurial training and education that aims to capacitate our farmers on farm technology and agribusiness. This is a realization and fulfilment of the memorandum of agreement executed between the DAR-Albay and the municipality of Guinobatan on April 19, 2016,” explained Ramos.
FBS Coordinator Josefa Riva said the farmers were taught how to become entrepreneurs and how to treat farms as enterprises to improve farm production.
“During the 25 sessions, they were trained on market survey, accounting, farm budget planning, benchmarking, and market forum and matching,” added Riva.
Farmer Delia Rebueno, the batch’s first honor, said the training has opened opportunities for her as she is now considered an entrepreneur.
Present at the graduation rites was Guinobatan Mayor Ann Ongsioco who said farmers can expect assistance without hesitation as long as the LGU is capable of providing such assistance.
“I am very grateful to the farmers of GHARCA for their cooperation and responsiveness to the projects given to them,” Ongsioco stated.
She also acknowledged Dong Arevalo, a member of the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Agriculture for his support and assistance; and the Municipal Agriculture Officer Stephen Oli, for sharing his expertise and experiences in agriculture.
The produce of the farmers were likewise showcased and sold to the audience after the graduation.
The graduation rite was held on July 28, 2016. (Joan D. Neo)
Photo 1: PARPO Atty. Leo Miguel Ramos delivers his message to the graduates.
Photo 2: FBS coordinator Josefa Diva Riva (left) together with the outstanding ARB-graduates.