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Friday, February 15, 2019


32 Agrarian-farmers complete Farm Business School training

By Gil E. Miranda

TUBAY, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 15 – Thirty-two Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Norte graduated from the Farmer Business School (FBS) in partnership with the local government unit of Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

The beneficiaries successfully completed the on-site entrepreneurial trainings consisting of 25-sessions for a period of six months. The following sessions took place at Tubay Training Center of Barangay Dona Rosario in Tubay.

The students were Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of the two ARBOs, namely: Doña Rosario Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) Holders Vegetable Producers Association (DRCHVPA) and Cabayawa Sala Farmers Association (CASAFA).

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Andre B. Atega said that FBS is an avenue for the farmers to transform themselves from mere farmers to farm businessmen adopting entrepreneurial skills and learning simple accounting and bookkeeping for their vegetable production business.

“The farmers learned a 'learning by doing' approach focused on entrepreneurial skills to improve productivity and family income,” PARPO II Atega added.

Marlon Nemeno, CASAFA member, said he learned from FBS effective farm management and  how farm produce are brought to the market. “With FBS, we learned new vegetable farming technology and great business opportunities,” Nemeno added.

Another farmer student of FBS,  Narcesa Vargas, also said,  “with the continued support, from farm tools to entrepreneurial trainings,  I am so very thankful to DAR, Tubay local government, several line agencies, and private-sector.”

According to Tubay Mayor Fidel E. Garcia Jr., this project enables vegetable farmers to benefit economic productivity that would facilitate further development.

DAR Tubay Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Luigi Rodriguez emphasized that the convergence of the national and local government, ARBOs benefitted a lot from the project. The strong support of Tubay-LGU also is an added factor to the project’s full implementation in Barangay Dona Rosario. (DAR Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)