Farmers from BARMM to fly to Turkey for a training on modern agriculture
Local executives, agriculturists, and farmer leaders from the Bangsamoro region will fly to Turkey in September for a training on modern agriculture practices.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Turkey, a rich Muslim nation and one of the top agricultural producers in the world, accepted a proposal by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for a Joint Exchange Program to train and expose leaders and farmers of the Bangsamoro Region to modern agriculture.
Under the Joint Exchange Program, local executives from the Bangsamoro region, agriculturists, and farmer leaders will undergo a short course of about seven days in Turkey, which would include exposure to the modern agricultural areas of the country.
“The best way to influence the mindset of our leaders and farmers on agriculture is to expose them to good examples and benefits of modern farming technology and the best way to do this is to show them how a Muslim country has become the 7th largest agricultural producer in the world,” Piñol said.
Piñol said he has informed Chief Minister Ahod Murad Embrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) of the program through Finance Minister Eduard Guerra.
As agreed, the scholars in the Exchange Program would be in five batches representing five provinces within BARMM.
As each batch of scholars go home to their province, the Turkey Government through the Turkey International Cooperation Agency (TICA) will conduct follow through programs to ensure that what the scholars learned in their Short Course in Agriculture in Turkey would be applied in their farms.
The main focus of the program would be trainings on grains production, dairy farming, cattle and goat raising targeting the huge Halal market not only in the Philippines but also in the Middle East.