Taking a major leap towards harnessing youth involvement, the Department of Agriculture Cordillera (DA-CAR) facilitated a fora on the young generation’s opportunities in agriculture. The activity is to wrap up the Cordillera Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investments in Regional Exposition (ASPIRE) at the Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City on December 11.
As part of the Department’s continuous encouragement to young Filipinos to venture into Agri related enterprises, DA secretary William Dar is always emphasizing the vital role of the young generation to attain a food-secure Philippines.
“With aging farmers, we cannot by any means attain and ensure food security. We must motivate younger Filipinos to take on the challenge to help feed the nation, and earn in the process,” stressed the agri chief.
Henceforth, DA-CAR through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), and Agricultural Training Institute (ATI-CAR) capacitated young farmers and aspiring entrepreneurs on KADIWA programs and market linkages, Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Information System (FFEDIS), scholarship and training assistance, entrepreneurship programs, and credit supports.
During the fora, the Kapital Access for Young Agripreneurs (KAYA) was highlighted by providing loans up to PhP500, 000 per eligible borrower at a zero percent interest rate. Further, the Youth Entrepreneurship Programs (YEP) which aims to help young Filipinos develop their entrepreneurial skills through a comprehensive package of interventions were presented by Marsha Pasong, DTI youth coordinator.
Meanwhile, Gener Dizon of ATI-CAR elaborated grants to children of small farmers and fishers, out of school youth, and young entrepreneurs including a two-year scholarship program to 4-H Club members and hands-on training in Japan in partnership with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) and Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Sharing of farm experiences and benchmarking was also conducted through a talk show of seasoned agripreneurs, owners and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the Sanagi Agri Tourism Farm, Cosmic Farm, Lay-odan Farm, Miners Garden, Eve Kneads and Brew, Beekeeping Farm, Basilio’s Kiniing, Lagsak Rabbitry, Valerides Errand Services, and TamTam Café.
“Napintas daytoy nga platform tapno dakami nga millenials ken generation Z ket mas lalo pay a maenganyo to engage into the of agriculture opportunities. This ASPIRE allowed us to learn social media marketing but also provided personal growth to excel in our own field,” expressed Sharmae Sissirit, Mankayan youth agripreneur. ///MJDacillo///