DAR helps Tarlac farmers improve their entrepreneurial skills
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently launched its Farm Business School (FBS) program in Barangay Bacabac in Tarlac to equip the farmers with entrepreneurial skills in effectively managing their farm produce and optimize their profitability.
To be exact, 43 farmers belonging to the Bacabac Farmers Producers’ Cooperative (BFPC) and Bacabac Gintong Ani Farmers’ Association, Inc. (BGAFAI) are enrolled in the program.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ileona B. Pangilinan said the farmer-participants will undergo 25 sessions of farm business school for four months where they will learn the business side of agriculture using their own local environment.
“The learning process will be interactive as the farmers will learn from each other. The facilitators will be there to teach and develop their capacity in running a profitable farm business by honing the farmers into becoming better farm managers and entrepreneurs that can respond to business and market requirements,” Pangilinan said.
The project came about after the DAR, with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), DA-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), and the local government units (LGUs) signed a memorandum of agreement to help farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Bacabac.
Provincial FBS Project Point person Jailynn Dimalanta said the primary aim of the program is to transform the participants from mere farmers to farmer-entrepreneurs.
“When this group of farmers becomes entrepreneurs, they gain collective bargaining power and thus giving them leverage and command with regard to the price of their produce,” Dimalanta said.