KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept. 7 (PIA) -- Some 37 farmers from Lake Sebu recently completed a course on agricultural entrepreneurship spearheaded by the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform here.
Said farmers are members of the Barangay Luhib Highland Agricultural Credit Cooperative and comprised the second batch to undergo the 16-week Farm Business School (FBS), said Leidenep Yecla, FBS coordinator.“They were taught how to become entrepreneurs and how to treat farms as enterprises to improve farm production, profit and quality of life,” Yecla said.
During the 25 sessions they were trained on market survey, accounting, farm budget planning, benchmarking and market matching, she added.
Merlinda Go, one of the participants and recognized as batch 1st honor said training to become a “farmtrepreneur” is an opportunity.
“Whatever knowledge we have learned from FBS will be of big help to us as well as to other farmers in the nearby communities,” Go said.
On her part, DAR-South Cotabato Support Services Division Chief Lorna N. Garde told the graduates that they were an inspiration to the agency, whose primary goal in the initiative is to guide the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
Meanwhile, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II H. Roldan Ali urged the trainees to take advantage of the knowledge they gained from the course.
“Now that you have the necessary knowledge to become entrepreneurs, see to it that you can establish the best prices for your produce in order to improve income and production,” Ali told the farmers.
The Farm Business School, which is also supported by the Department of Agriculture and the local government units concerned was first launched on August 15, 2015 in Tampakan town.
The first batch was composed of 27 farmers from the POBUSILLA Agrarian Reform Community which covers several barangays of the said town.