Maasin City, Southern Leyte - A Farm Business School (FBS) was launched last week by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Barangay Hantag that would help agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) build knowledge and skills to make their farmlots more profitable.
Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) chief Melecia Ong, who represented DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso on this occasion, explained that the “school” is an on-site training where the farmers will not only learn about high value crops production, but in the marketing of their produce as well.
The participants who are expected to become agricultural entrepreneurs later on will be developing their own 500-square meter lot under this project, she added.
Barangay Hantag, which is part of the Maasin Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) was fortunate to be included among the 15 sites nationwide selected for this project.
Each site is provided with P128,000 for the conduct of this season-long training.
In partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) thru the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), FBS will run for 25 sessions.
Thirty-one farmers, all ARBs and members of the Hantag Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. (HAFAMCI), attended the first session after the formal launching of the project here.
Resource speakers during the first session were Lucita Galleto from DAR, Virgilia Barrientos and Nida Tagana, both from the City Agricultural Services.
Ong stressed that this project is among the various support services extended to ARBs under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) aimed at increasing farmer’s income and likewise contribute to food security as well. (jas/DAR-8)