DR. WILLIAM DAR

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On December 6, I was invited to make a presentation before a forum on agripreneurship at Isabela State University (ISU) attended by 1,200 students, and I thank its president Dr. Ricmar Aquino, a very respected colleague of mine, for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on how to…

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On November 24, I presented a paper before a student’s forum held at the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC) led by its president Dr. Francisco Lopez in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, where I tackled the subject “Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Agriculture.” The message I wanted to send to…

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Last November 23, I delivered the keynote speech for the Benguet Adivay 2017 Festival that had the theme “Benguet Culture, Our Future: Sustaining our cultural identity amidst global changes.” The event gave me the opportunity to preach the advocacies closest to my heart for the Philippine agriculture sector: agripreneurship, inclusivity,…

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Whenever the topic of state colleges and universities (SCUs) offering agriculture and related courses crops up, the names that I usually see here are University of the Philippines Los Baños, Central Luzon State University, Benguet State University, Mariano Marcos State University, Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College, Isabela State University and…

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First of two parts While I have taken the position that organic agriculture cannot feed the world, it still makes a very good business proposition for the youth who want to take up farming as a vocation and business undertaking. Also, organic farming can supplement food production in urban areas…

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On October 23, 2017, I was invited to deliver a speech during an event of the Commission on Higher Education-Cordillera Region at the Benguet State University that was attended by both CHED officials, educators and 500 students. And I took the opportunity to inspire the youth to become agripreneurs. For…

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(Last of three parts) October 20, 2017 marked the first publication of my column in the Agribusiness section of The Manila Times. And would like to thank The Manila Times Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang, president and Chief Executive Officer Dante Ang 2nd, Editor-in-Chief Nerilyn Tenorio and Executive Editor Arnold Belleza…

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(Second of three parts) Inclusiveness is totally useless if it does not take into account smallholders, or turning them into agripreneurs. Just look at most rice Filipino farmers who are at the mercy of traders and millers who are the ones raking in big profits because they can control the…

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(First of three parts) The holding of the Asean Agricultural Summit 2017 revealed that there are a lot of people and quarters who also believe that agripreneurship is the key to elevating the country’s agriculture sector, putting into place inclusive growth, and creating more wealth for the country. During the…

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(First of two parts) The followers of my columns can treat this as the third installment on my discussion on agripreneurship, but this time I will discuss how agripreneurship should result in inclusive growth. I also believe this article is timely because the Asean Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in cooperation…

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