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37 farmers complete farm business school

piaKORONADAL 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.  

The second  batch started  classes  on May 18, 2016. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report  from KSespeñe-DAR-South Cotabato)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611473218949/37-farmers-complete-farm-business-school

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