ATI Outlines Agriculture and Fishery Extension Plan for CY 2012-2016

DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), together with the regional field units (RFUs), attached bureaus and agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as well as representatives from various local government units (LGU) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), started concretizing the Philippine Agriculture and Fishery Extension (AFE) Strategic Plan for the calendar year 2012 to 2016.  This strategic plan will serve as a roadmap to efficiently and effectively deliver extension services and appropriations indicated in the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), otherwise known as the Republic Act 8435.

Prior to this, a series of consultations with representatives of the operating units of the National Extension System on Agriculture and Fisheries (NESAF) were conducted in order to validate the provisions of the said strategic plan as well as gather inputs for the plan’s improvement.
The two-day activity was primarily organized to enhance the final draft of the strategic plan document.  In particular, it was intended to review the inputs generated from the consultations; validate programs and projects that will be responded to by the AFE stakeholders; determine baseline and measures of performance using indices; identify programs that will reduce risks inherent to the A&F sector including climate change impacts and the details on how this can be delivered to the farmers; and charter subsequent actions relative to the approval and institutionalization of the plan.
The workshop spearheaded by ATI was held last November 10 to 11, 2011 at the ATI Central Office in Diliman Quezon City. (Yovina-Claire R. Agsawa)