The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) launched the Farm Business School (FBS) in Dumangas and San Dionisio, Iloilo on March 6 and 7, 2019, respectively, with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between program stakeholders such as DAR, Department of Agriculture, local government units, agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) and the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) themselves.
The FBS, as a learning program, will help the farmers acquire the proper knowledge, skills and attitudes to make their farm more profitable.
Farmers will be oriented on how to operate their farms as business during the training for 2 to 3 months which covers 25 sessions on farming techniques, records keeping and financial management.
The farmers’ capacity in entrepreneurial and management skills will be learned at the farm level through a “learning by doing” approach.
The schools will benefit 35 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) belonging to Dumangas Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Dumangas, Iloilo and 37 ARBs from CAPISAN Agrarian Reform Cooperative in San Dionisio, Iloilo.
“What will happen to our community without farmers, people will have no food to eat,” Dumangas Mayor Ronaldo B. Golez said in his inspirational message.
Farmers are expert in farming, they are the heroes in our community, he added.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Lucrecia S. Taberna said in her inspirational message in San Dionisio that a person’s age does not matter in acquiring new knowledge but by the interest, commitment and determination.
Taberna also encouraged participants to foresee their graduation.
She said there are more who have shown interest in FBS, “the more we can give knowledge through FBS, more people can elevate their lives in this barangay and can increase their household’s monthly income.”
In their Pledge of Commitment, the participants vowed to attend, participate and to abide by all the rules of the training and complete the 25 sessions of the FBS.
They commited to apply the learning skills acquired in the training to improve productivity and household income so that they can contribute to the economy of the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC).
In Iloilo, FBS was implemented in Barangays San Julian in Badiangan in 2015, Tampucao in Lambunao in 2017, and Tapacon, Bingawan and Tentay, Sara in 2018 with 149 graduates.