TANGUB, Misamis Occidental—To ensure that appropriate measures are in place to aid agricultural communities that are highly vulnerable to risks of climate change, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is set to fully mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies in its banner programs next year.
PASAY CITY, Metro Manila—In continuous recognition to the outstanding efforts and contributions in the agriculture and fisheries sector, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) awarded 20 farmers, researchers, farmers’ associations, and agricultural institutions during the 48th Gawad Saka Awards.
Eleven individuals under the crops, fisheries, livestock, and research categories were given trophies, certificates, and cash prizes. Nine institutions from different parts of the country were also given recognition.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—As part of the Food Safety Core Group of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) took part in the observance of Food Safety Awareness Week to further create public awareness on food safety standards.
This was also pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 160, series of 1999 declaring the last week of October every year as Food Safety Awareness Week.
During the opening program, DA Secretary William Dar stressed the need for developmental food safety measures.
NORTHERN MINDANAO, Philippines—Some farmers in Region X are expected to adopt digital means in farming and product marketing.
This is after their introduction to available digital tools and technologies that they can use to optimize productivity and marketability through Digital Farmers Program (DFP) 101.
STA. CRUZ, Quezon City—To increase awareness on local farm products and showcase the country’s brand of agriculture, some 20 private Extension Service Providers (ESPs) certified by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) participated in the Institute’s first ESP Forum and Product Expo.
National and regional ESPs showcased various local farm products and demonstrated latest farming technologies during the three-day activity.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its bureaus and implementing agencies including the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), annually celebrates the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) every November.
The celebration aims to encourage every Filipino to do their share of RICEponsibility by valuing every grain of rice and eating healthier rice to benefit themselves, other consumers, rice farmers, and the country as a whole.
QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila—“Avoid eating food products that use colored plastic as packaging,” stressed Luis Bausa of Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center and Bausa Integrated Farm during the free seminar on product packaging and labeling.
Colored plastic packaging, Bausa explained, can be dangerous to people’s health as some particles can mix with the food inside.
PASAY CITY, Metro Manila—Farmers from Central Luzon and CALABARZON were once again front and center at the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) exhibit during AgriLink/FoodLink/AquaLink 2019.
Owners of three Learning Sites for Agriculture (LSAs) and one Extension Service Provider (ESP) joined ATI staff for another year in the said expo to promote farming as a viable and sustainable business venture. These are Eco Natural Integrated Farm in Tarlac; Vilela's Farm and MoCA Family Farming RLearning Center in Batangas; and Forest Wood Garden in Laguna.
Over 6,500 farmers and agricultural extension workers (AEWs) were briefed on the services under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) through a series of information caravans nationwide.
This was led by the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) network of training centers, in close coordination with the regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture and the concerned local government units.
DILIMAN, Quezon City—To impart proper and sustainable ways of fish farming and boost its industry, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) led a free seminar on fish production and processing.
In this event, the potentials of tilapia farming were discussed. Known as the “aquatic chicken” because of its high protein content and lower market price, tilapia has become the second widely cultivated fish species in the country.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.