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City Agriculture Office Launches
Farm Business School for the Filipino Farmer

August 13, 2015: The City Agriculture Office headed by Connie L. Dalangan through the Extension Services Division supervised by Clementino Esto, Jr., launched the Farm Business School for the Filipino Farmer, a program intended for the farmers in the 31 barangays of Valencia City.

Valencia is an agricultural city and the agricultural area is 35,321.74 hectares comprising 55.95% of the total land area. Among the crops are rice, corn, pineapple, banana, mango, sugarcane, fruits, root crops, coconut and vegetables.

According to Agriculturist Synelle Margie M. Bayagna, the Program Coordinator, Farm Business School’s purpose is to work with farmers to help them build knowledge and skills to make their farms more profitable. “The farmers will learn about business in their own locality and environment,” she said.

The program is divided into three parts:

  1. Diagnosing and Planning
  2. Implementing
  3. Evaluating and Re-planning

“It is the aim of our City Mayor, Hon. Azucena P. Huervas to help coach our local farmers and emphasize that farming is a business and farmers should develop a goal and plan,” Ms. Bayagna added.

A Farm Business School brings together a group of like-minded farmers with the aim to develop or strengthen their skills to produce more profitably for the market. The FBS Program is divided into 16 sessions which will end on December 2015.