KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 Apr) – Fifty-five farmers from South Cotabato will become the first beneficiaries of the Farm Business School (FBS) the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has set to put up in Koronadal City.
These student-farmers, according to DAR facilitator Leidenep Yecla, would come from two groups of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations in Region 12.
The farm school, he explained, would equip farmers with the right set of knowledge and skills needed to make their farms more profitable in their four-month long training.
Yecla said the FBS in Koronadal City is the fifth farmers’ school that DAR launched in South Cotabato.
During the launch, Adonis Dollente, one of the farmer leaders, expressed their commitment to complete the 25-session activity and promised to share their learning with other members of the community.
The participants are expected to learn new and innovative ways of improving their livelihood, Yecla said.
He added that the FBS is a collaborative effort between DAR and its partner agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, and the local government unit of Koronadal.
It serves as a venue that would bring the government and farmers together to carry out a collaborative quest to address business and marketing problems and opportunities, he added. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)