The program, part of the commitment of the Japanese government to young farmers in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and China, will provide beneficiaries hands-on experience on modern farming.
Sponsored by the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) in partnership with the local government units, JAEC Alumni Association of the Philippines and the National Agricultural and Fishery Council, the program is open to farmers between the ages of 20 and 26, but they must first undergo and pass the provincial and regional level screening process. Each region is given a maximum of three slots.
Grantees will have the opportunity to exchange agricultural information and farm techniques with their Japanese hosts, and acquire various technical skills in agriculture.
They are also expected to learn more about mechanized farming and cooperative management.
Interested farmers can take the provincial qualifying exam in North Cotabato on October 5, 8 a.m. at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist at Amas, this city (Williamor A. Magbanua/MindaNews)