By Yvette Tan
Parts of the country, including the whole of Luzon, put under enhanced community quarantine to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Borders have been tightened and the flow of goods, including fresh meat and produce, have been strictly monitored. Because of this, people are realizing the importance of growing one’s own food or starting a business in the agriculture industry.
The Agricutural Training Institute (ATI) is the training arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA). They offer free nationwide workshops for people who want to get into farming or farmers who want to enhance their skills. They have kept their e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries program open for folks who are looking to learn new things at home and apply them after the quarantine has been lifted.
There are a variety of courses to choose from, including:
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Got questions? Folks who have questions about their crops or livestock can contact the ATI’s Farmers Contact Center (FCC). The FCC is a call center staffed by licensed agriculturists where farmers and enthusiasts can ask questions about agriculture and aquaculture.
Staying home is no excuse to stop learning. Take a course and plan on how to make money in agriculture after the quarantine lifts. It’s the business that will never run out of customers because no matter what happens, everyone will need to eat.