The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched its first Farm Business School (FBS) in San Antonio, Ocampo, Camarines Sur tap farmer-beneficiaries’ entreprenurial ability.
The FBS, implemented under the project “Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access”, is a collaboration of the DAR, Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN), and the local government units concerned.
OIC-Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Maria Gracia Sales said the business school expects to help family farms to access new markets and respond to ever-changing market demands.
“Initially, a total of 35 farmers-members of Ayugan San Antonio Agrarian Reform Cooperative (ASAARCO) in San Antonio, Ocampo will undergo a series of group-based experiential learning activities or a 25-day training sessions,” Sales said.
Sales said that after the training sessions, the participants would learn and develop their capacity in running a profitable farm business for long-term sustainability.
Aside from Sales, DA-ATI training superintendent Vivien Carable, DAR regional and provincial personnel, and local officials of the municipality of Ocampo graced the occasion.