Davao to entice youth to venture into agriculture
City Agriculture’s Office (CAO) of Davao is now cooking up a scheme to entice youth to venture into agriculture sector in time for the Fisherfolk’s Month.
In an interview with SunStar, CAO head Leo Brian Leuterio discussed the vision for the project.
The objective is for the younger generation to be more involved in agriculture so the plan is to expose school-based agribusiness students with actual agribusiness management as well as hands-on training.
With the Fisherfolk’s month’s theme “Sa AgriNegosyo, Pagbag-o Sigurado” CAO has launched the Agribeshies: The Agribiz Youth Club of Davao to bring together and train youth into farming especially the specifics of agribusiness.
Students from different schools in the city will be able to have collaborations through the program when doing or launching a project.
At least 250 farm schools have been accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and Tesda Davao Region continues to push for establishment of farm schools in the region in support of the mission of bringing the youth closer to agriculture.
“We are helping the government in promoting this use of farm schools. There are two methodologies: we have training centers that are really farm schools, while we also have an approach wherein existing farms will be made into agricultural laboratories. The farmers will be taught to facilitate especially in organic agriculture,” said Tesda Davao regional director Gaspar Gayona.