Hundreds of Sulu farmers benefit from agri-training program
SULU – Hundreds of local farmers benefitted from a training program launched recently in the southern Philippine province of Sulu with the support of the provincial government and various groups.
Over 300 farmers finished the training under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Muslim autonomous region, the Harbest Agribusiness, SM Foundation and Gonegosyo Sulu Project. A harvest festival at Provincial Organic Demo Farm followed the culmination of the training, said Governor Totoh Tan.
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Tan thanked and expressed his deep gratitude to those behind the successful training. The event was also attended by Vice Governor Nurunisah Tan, Ginggay Malvar, coordinator of the Gonegosyo Sulu Project, Conrado Calderon, of the Harbest Agribusiness, Provincial Agriculture Officer Ahmad Duhgasan, Mercyan Aspi, of the Department Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Social Welfare and Devel- opment and provincial board members and different municipal officials.
The beneficiaries also praised Tan and those behind the “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Rural Farmers Training Program,” saying, not only did they learn a lot from it, but would greatly help them in their livelihood.
Malvar said the full support of the provincial government to the program made the training successful and that more projects are upcoming that will benefit not only the farmers, but other sectors in the society and the province in general.
Tan also urged local municipal mayors to put up demo farms and nurseries and help in agri-fisheries programs by supporting various trainings and seminars for farmers and fishermen. He also instructed the provincial agriculturist to draw up plans in an effort to further support and sustain the projects.
Sulu Governor Totoh Tan and other stakeholders during the recent Harvest Festival and culmination of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Rural Farmers Training Program that benefit over 300 farmers in the province.
Sulu Governor Totoh Tan and other stakeholders during the recent Harvest Festival and culmination of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Rural Farmers Training Program that benefit over 300 farmers in the province. (Photos by Ahl-franzie Salinas)