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To promote rural development, TESDA asks for more agricultural schools.

In order to further promote rural development, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Wednesday urged more farmers, cooperatives, and businesspeople to build more farm schools in their individual communities.

TESDA Deputy Director General Aniceto Bertiz III stated that more agriculture-based training can boost farmers’ productivity and competitiveness at the beginning of the “Training of Facilitators on Farm Business School” conference in Cavite.

For every half hectare of land tilled, Filipino farmers earn about PHP2,300 per month, yet the majority of them do not produce enough money to feed their families.

Using new technologies and entrepreneurial endeavors, he explained, “this training has been developed so that our farmers will have the proper information, skills, and attitudes that can help boost their agricultural production.”

TESDA has been conducting the Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishment (PAFSE) as part of its enterprise-based training or “EBT to the Max” project to encourage the growth of farm schools and the adoption of a “farmer to farmer, learning by doing” methodology.

Farms can range in size from one hectare to even 10 hectares in order to offer agri-related programs. Under the PAFSE, 62 training programs may be registered with TESDA and made available to the general public.

These include, among many others, the following qualification titles: Production of Agricultural Crops, Aquaculture, Horticulture, Organic Agriculture Production, Production of Rice Machinery, and Production of Animals.

TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program will pay the costs of training and evaluation (TWSP). The program’s intended recipients are farmers, fishermen, and their families, as well as residents of the neighborhood where the farm school is located.

399 farmer field school programs have been registered with TESDA as of this writing and are currently being used in a variety of farm schools as well as private and public institutions across the country.

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