Thirty-one (31) agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the New Caridad United Farmers Association (NCUFA) in Tulunan, North Cotabato have acquired new techniques on farming, marketing, planning, and management as they graduate from the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Farm Business School (FBS) program.
FBS is a 25-hands-on session established by the DAR, Agricultural Training Institute, and the local government units in the locality, which aims to teach farmers to become agricultural entrepreneurs.
Roy Gullos, one of the FBS graduates, said that the program has taught them the basics of bookkeeping, cash flows, labor, market surveys, networking and linkaging, decision-making, business planning, product packaging, costing, and selling.
“This program has helped us change our perspective on farming and look at it as the best opportunity to venture into business,” Gullos said.
Gullos is hoping that their association, which is presently engaged in the buying and selling of rubber, coconut and corn, will upgrade its services and be registered as a cooperative.
Charish Paña, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, said that the program has inspired the ARBs to practice and pursue entrepreneurship to increase their income.
“Building up the capabilities of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in handling and marketing their farm products is among the priorities of DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III to improve their quality of life,” Paña said.