The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province of Sorsogon recently launched its 10th Farm Business School (FBS) site to help farmer-beneficiaries become farmer entrepreneurs and boost their entrepreneurial skills.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Nida A. Santiago expressed her happiness in welcoming a significant project that will help the farmers in their production and marketing activities.
“Farmers are formed into small groups to build collectively their capacity to produce for the market and respond to market demands with the aim of generating profits,” she said.
She said the FBS aims to develop agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to become agricultural entrepreneurs.
“We want to make their farms profitable and make them understand the ins and outs of business so that they can respond to market challenges,” she said.
PARPO Liza B. Repotente shared how the FBS has thrived through the years relaying that the office values the ARBOs and ARBs response to the challenges of welcoming a new support intervention.
“We will remain steadfast in exploring new ways on how to bring more services to our farmers, especially our ARBs. We will be with them every step of the way,” Repotente exclaimed.
She disclosed that this is the 10th FBS site in Sorsogon. In 2017, the pilot sites in Castilla and Bulan were launched. It was followed by a site in Juban in 2018, three (3) sites launched in Juban, Irosin, and Matnog in 2019, a lone site launched in Casiguran in 2020 and finally, two sites were launched in 2021 in Sta. Magdalena and Sorsogon City.
Repotente said the Capuy-Basud Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CABAMUCO) in Capuy, Sorsogon is the identified recipient of the FBS for 2022.
“In Sorsogon City, CABAMUCO is the 2nd site of FBS. This milestone is significant not only for DAR but for the local government of Sorsogon,” she added.
FBS Facilitator Jicelle Escanilla said the program has thirty-five (35) enrollees. DAR-Sorsogon ensured that the CABAMUCO members will enjoy twenty-five (25) FBS sessions as they learn entrepreneurial skills.
CABAMUCO Chairman Rodolfo L. Bonete Jr. expressed his gratitude to the DAR for the opportunity to be selected as the recipient of the program.
“We know that the DAR and the LGU will not abandon us. We promise that whatever help and guidance are given to us, we will take care of it as a form of appreciation.
The farmer-students will undergo a curriculum including assessing their current farm situation, devising a farm business plan, and how to translate that plan into action, making their farms profitable, by managing their own farm business.