LA TRINIDAD Benguet, June 16 (PIA) - - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) opened its scholarship program to farming communities with the Organic Farming NC II now being offered at three Department of Agriculture- accredited farms in the province.
TESDA – Cordillera Regional Director Francisco Jucar Jr. and Baguio – Benguet Provincial Director Angela Gabriel led the official launching of the farm school at the Lily of the Valley Farm in Sitio Ampasit, barangay Puguis here last Thursday(June 15).
Aside from Lily of the Valley Farm owned by Jefferson Laruan, the Cosmic Farm of Rogel Marsan in Beckel, La Trinidad and the Master’s Garden in Longlong, La Trinidad under Ambrosio Acosta, all known organic farming experts, will host the first batch of 50 scholars who will train for 29 days.
Gabriel disclosed that under the Farm School program, TESDA aims to help ensure that there will be young blood that will continue to push for the country’s farming industry by providing access to technical – vocation education and skills training.
The farm school is TESDA’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy of rural development and ensuring food security, she added.
Gabriel also disclosed that TESDA’s initial allotment for the Farm School Program is P7 million with P2M allotted for the province of Benguet.
The scholarship covers P10,000 training cost, P800 entrepreneurship fee and P500 for the NCII assessment fee.( JDP/CCD/J. Dar – PIA CAR/UC Intern)