Farm business school opens in Agusan del Norte
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte in partnership with the local government unit of Jabonga recently launched their Farm Business School (FBS) with an initial target of 28 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) members of Libas Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LFMPC)
During the launching, a Memorandum of Agreement for the FBS was signed between the DAR-Provincial Office, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jabonga and Libas Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LFMPC).
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Andre B. Atega thanked stakeholders for the support they provided towards the projec. Atega encouraged the participants to promote unity and cooperation. He also inspired the participants to learn how to make their farming enterprise and farm operation profitable and be able to respond to market demands.
ARBDSP Head Ellen J. Torralba said that the FBS enables the participants to learn knowledge about different farming method, farm business management and create market linkages to increase profitability. She challenged the participants to complete the program and apply what they have learned to their farms.
The FBS is comprised of 25-session on-site capability building that aimed to capacitate the farmers with entrepreneurial and management skills for running a profitable farm business through learning by doing approach.
DAR FBS Coordinator Junita D. Balibay said that with the active participation of partner-implementers, the 25-session on-site capability building is expected to be completed within December this year.
LFMPC BOD Chair Elson F. Morada, on behalf of the group, expressed gratitude to the facilitators while beaming in optimism that the knowledge gained would greatly help positive impact in the lives of the farmers.