Bettina Faye V. Roc of Business World stated in her write up last January 23, 2014 that: “A surprising fourth-quarter gain provided a slight boost to farm output, the government yesterday reported but the full year result still fell well below the government’s target.”
“Agricultural production grew by 1.15% last year, slower than 2012s 2.89% and missing the sector’s 4.3-5.3 goal under the Philippine Development Plan.”
“Despite super typhoon Yolanda’s impact, the fourth quarter still saw a 1.13% expansion although this was down from the 4.8% a year earlier. The rise was enough to pull up full year growth from the 1.1% as of September.”
“ ‘Considering a very challenging year, this growth is significant’, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said in a statement.”
“ ‘It also reminds us how weather-dependent agriculture is, and therefore the need to promote and support diversification and value-adding in food processing is stronger than ever before’. He added.”
“Palay production grew by 2.26% to a record 18.4 million metric tons (MT) from 18.03 million MT a year earlier, attributed to an increase in harvest area and yield improvements in major rice-producing provinces. Growth a year earlier was 8.08%.”
“Higher output levels were also recorded for tobacco, onion, mango and cassava, while lower production was registered for coconut, sugarcane, banana, coffee, abaca, peanut and calamansi.”
“The Agriculture department also added that on the average, farmers earned higher last year as farm-gate prices went up by 2.3% bolstered by demand for certain products.”
One of the significant and worthwhile projects that I wish to share is the initiation of promoting family farm schools. The man behind this advocacy is non other than Dr. Rene Gayo, the agriculturist graduate of Silliman University, his hometown Tanghay, Dumaguete City. Dr. Gayo have been promoting Molding Future Innovators Farm Business Institute.
The institute promotes:
Holticulture NCII – an eight (8) months training that aims to develop knowledge, skills, attitude and values for horticulture and agri-entrepreneurship, production, management and post-harvest.
Animal Production NCII – this course is designed to enhance the knowledge, desirable attitudes and skills of animal production technician in accordance with industry standards. It covers raising poultry, small and large ruminants, and swine. It also includes workplace communication teamwork, safety in the use of hand tools and equipment and housekeeping.
The job targets of the institute are:
- Farm Technician
- Agri-business Managers
- Farm Managers
Diploma in Entrepreneurship
Course Duration: 2 years or (3 semesters/year)
A ladderized post secondary program that aims to equip future agripreneurs with competencies to start a farm business of their own, be it in horticulture, animal production, aquaculture, crop production, food processing and marketing.
Patterned after the Dual Training System (DTS) students spend 70% of the program in hands-on training as OJTs and 30% in school.
Diploma in Farm Business Management
Course Duration: 2.4 years or (2 semesters with summer/year)
A ladderized post-secondary program that prepares students to become supervisors and managers of farm enterprises engaged in crops, livestock, fishery and graduate can become a joint venture partner of farm owners/investors or be hired as professional farm manager. Students learn under an alternating cycle of in-school and in-farm education.
I am specially endorsing this to areas devastated by Yolanda tragedy.
In my next article for Monday, I will discuss the importance of setting up family farm schools and the Samaka guide for sustained agricultural livelihood using minimum land area of 1,000 square meters that is highly productive, integrated and has been proven to be successful.