By Czarina Nicole O. Ong
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the local government of Torrijos, has opened a Farm Business School (FBS) in Barangay Sibuyao in Marinduque in a bid to give farmers of the community an edge in their agriculture business.
The FBS would provide 25 sessions as well as field on-site application for its participants, which include farmers, members of Samahang Pangkabuhayan Farmers Association (SPFA), barangay officials and even senior high school students of Sibuyao National High School.
Senior Agrarian Reform program officer Estela Laylay, lead facilitator of the project, said enrollees would learn about different farming methods. They would also be educated on how to create market linkages and increase their capability in farm business management in order to boost their income.
Barangay Sibuyao is the first barangay in Marinduque to have the DAR project, and its chairman Angelito Laylay is so thrilled with it that he said the seeds to be used in the farms under the project would be provided for free by the barangay.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-in-Charge Isagani Placido is thankful for the support given by stakeholders in the FBS. He encouraged participants to utilize the lessons provided by the FBS in order to become better farmers.
“I challenge you ([the enrollees] to complete the 25 sessions, apply what you have learned to your farms, be successful and become the model to other barangays,” he said.