KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct 9 (PIA) -- In a bid to enhance the entrepreneurial capabalities of agrarian reform beneficiaries, the Department of Agrarian Reform recently rolled out Farm Business School in South Cotabato, particularly in Tampakan town.
“This is the first Farmer Business School in Region 12 spearheaded by DAR,” Leidenep M. Yecla, FBS facilitator, noted.
The program is carried out in cooperation with other national line agencies including the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, Yecla added.
At its initial offering, some 26 farmer-students from Barangays Lampitak Liberty, Maltana, Poblacion, San Isidro, and Sta. Cruz are enrolled in the program. These farmer-students are affiliated ith the POBUSILLA Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix Frias said that the project utilizes a new learning approach designed to help farmers learn and improve their knowledge and skills in farm business management and entrepreneurship to improve their profitability and sustainability.
“The FBS program takes the school to the farmers to learn about business in their local environment. The training materials are designed around the concept of the farm business cycle,” Frias elaborated.
At the launching, Regente Dioneda, chief agrarian reform program Officer at the Program Beneficiaries Development Division of DAR Central Office, challenged the trainees to do well in the program for them to succeed in their livelihood.
“Your success is entirely in your hands,” she reminded the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, CARPO Ludenia Juanday of DAR Regional Office 12, explained that the FBS is anchored on three main points, namely maximization of land use, diligence and perseverance and no wastage of crops.
The Farm Business School is a four-month program. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from KSespeñe-DAR SoCot)