By Alfonso T. Ruda
Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte,July 14 (PIA) --- A total of 33 farmers from Panacio, Antonino, Situbo and Tuburan Agrarian Reform Community in Sergio Osmena, this province graduated from the Farm Business School (FBS) training on July 11.
The FBS is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) and implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture through the Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) and the Local Government Unit (LGU).
“You learn by doing”, said Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Mohamad Dassan Adju in his message during the graduation rites. He said that the six-month long training that started in October last year to July this year is aimed to enhance the entrepreneurial and marketing skills of farmer-beneficiaries to run profitable agribusiness ventures.
Meanwhile, Engr Alfonso Tan, Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer said that the objective of the FBS is to teach the graduates different farming methods, create market linkages and increase their capability in farm business management to boost their income.
PARO I Rizzel B. Villanueva who was also present during the ceremony said that the ARB plays a significant role on the success of the project.
Nevertheless, DAR is committed to provide support to achieve sustainability for this project.
Villanueva was joined by DA representative Erlinda Laranjo, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Elbert Alonzo, FBS Point Person Lorna Pandan and other DAR field implementers. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with report from DAR-ZN)