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DAR, ATI roll out farmer business school in NorthCot towns

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North  Cotabato,    June  16 (PIA)  --  More  than   100   agrarian reform  beneficiaries  in  several  places in  North Cotabato  are   currently  training  to  become  entrepreneurs,  an  official of the Department of  Agrarian  Reform (DAR) here  announced.

Emelita Mayol, chief agrarian reform program officer,  said  the  DAR  in  cooperation   with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)   has  launched  Farm  Business  School  (FBS)  Program  in line  with their  efforts to  increase   productivity and  profitability of  local  farmers.

FBS, Mayol  explained,  is a venue that  would bring farmers together to carry out collective and collaborative enquiry to address business and marketing problems and opportunities.

“The FBS program takes the school to the farmers where they will learn about business in their local environment,” she  said.

DAR will oversee FBS implementation in selected agrarian reform areas in the municipalities of Antipas, Kidapawan City, Kabacan, and Aleosan to help farmers build knowledge and skills to make their farms more profitable.

“All participants of the FBS will undergo series of exercises through 25 modules designed around the concept of farm business cycle,” she  elaborated  further.

“They will set goals for their farms and then develop business plans which they will implement in their own farms to achieve those goals.”

Meanwhile, Ma. Teresa Laxamana, ATI-FBS pointperson, said that FBS aims to develop farmer’s skills and competencies in business while improving their knowledge, changing their attitudes towards farm entrepreneurship and producing for the market.

“FBS is a peer-based learning, where there is really no expert, and the farmers learn from each other with the facilitator guiding the learning process,” Laxamana said.

Laxamana also said that FBS will help build farmers’ capacity in entrepreneurial and management skills through a learning-by-doing approach.

“This is done through a season-long program that has been designed to be demand responsive, flexible and practical,” she  added.

FBS will be implemented in selected agrarian reform areas in North Cotabato from June 2015 to September 2015.   (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with  report  from ROrejudos-DAR North Cotabato).

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611434434469/dar-ati-roll-out-farmer-business-school-in-northcot-towns

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