IPs learn farm biz from DAR

16 May 2018
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MAASIM, Sarangani (May 16, 2018) – The Department of Agrarian Reform Sarangani launched this month the Farm Business School (FBS) which aims to improve the farmers’ entrepreneurial and management skills.

Sixty Blaan farmer-beneficiaries registered to the 25-session FBS in Sitio Blat, Barangay Amsipit.

Tribal chieftain Toni Saliman asked his fellow farmers to be united and avail this program as it unlocks many opportunities in the future.

During the launching program, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Felix C. Frias said “the small holder farmers and indigenous people will no longer be vulnerable when they seek knowledge and apply them.”

“The education acquired in FBS will help them become competitive and prepare for business opportunities,” Frias added.

Targeted as the main competency of the program (FBS) is that farmers will learn and practice how to regard their farming as an enterprise and making the over-all farm operations profit and market driven.

Maasim Municipal Agriculturist Susan B. Baya said that through FBS, the minds of the IP farmers will be opened and boost their confidence in transforming their farm as business enterprise with stronger linkages to markets.

“One salient feature of FBS is the clustering approach in agro-enterprise. From production to marketing, farmers are grouped to increase their capacity to negotiate collectively to established markets,” Baya added.

Meanwhile, OIC Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Romeo Rellin said “FBS is important to equip them to future challenges.”

Rellin also told the farmers that once they apply their learnings, they are no longer simple farmers but farmer-entrepreneurs, an occupation which their children can be proud of.

As a response, Nathy Daniel, president of Blat Farmers Association, thanked the government for considering their organization as a recipient of FBS.

“Sa kadaghang gihatag nga assistance ug training sa atoa, walay pagduha duha nga muasenso ta labi na gitudluan ta’g pagnegosyo (No doubt that we will prosper given the various assistance we received from the government and this farm business school),” Daniel said.

Complementing the soil and climate in the area, the group selected corn production as their agricultural enterprise. Accordingly, the IP farmers will be divided into two groups and will have separate session per week.

The Farm Business School is expected to be completed in October.

In the entirety of this program, DAR will work hand in hand with the local and barangay government units. Kristine Joy C. Carriedo and Lorna S. Acanto of the ARBDSP Division of DAR Sarangani will facilitate the said activity. (A. Torino-DAR Sarangani/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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