STA. CRUZ, Marinduque — Thirty-nine (39) agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are now equipped with agri-entrepreneurial skills after graduating from the Farm Business School (FBS) program implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Barangay Bintakay here.
The DAR-FBS aims to develop ARBs to become agricultural entrepreneurs and is designed to help farmers learn and improve their entrepreneurship and farm business management knowledge and skills.
The farmers were taught market surveying, accounting, farm budget planning, benchmarking, and market matching in the 25-session under the FBS program.
Ubaldo Sadiarin Jr., DAR Assistant Secretary for support services said teaching farmers modern farming and the basics of business are part of the plans of Secretary Conrado Estrella to mold the ARBs into becoming the new breed of farmers who are also businessmen.
“I am excited for the things that will come your way. With all your learnings from the FBS program, I am positive that your farm yield and income will increase,” Sadiarin said to the 39 graduates.
The Bintakay Farmers Association, where all the graduates are members, also received from DAR farm implements consisting of 20 electric knapsack sprayers, mulching film, UV plastic sheet, seeds, vermicast, a garden hose, and a rota-tiller.
The farm implements worth P168,000.00 will be used for their rice fields and for the associations’ organic vegetable production.
Federico Larracas, an FBS graduate, expressed his gratitude for all the support they have received from the government. He promised to apply his learnings to his own farm.
The FBS program is a unique educational system designed by the DAR and the Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture to help farmers learn and improve their knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and farm business management.