WITH the government's thrust to push for food security in the country, Senator Cynthia Villar has been keen in establishing farm schools in every town across the country to promote farming and attract the youth to venture into agriculture.
In an interview Wednesday, Villar, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, said they have an ongoing partnership with the Technical Education and Schools Development Authority (Tesda) in putting up farm schools in the country.
They have developed some 900 farm schools nationwide to combat poverty and hunger faced by the marginalized communities.
“Nagtatayo ako ngayon ng farm school in every town in the Philippines supported by Tesda para turoan ang ating mga kababayan na in a way na kikita sila," she said.
Through the farm school, which also serves as the training ground for small farmers and students, those enrolled will learn not only about farming techniques for better production but also on how to gain profit so they can be interested interested in agriculture.
Villar looks forward to more farm schools in the country to provide livelihood to farmers and fishermen and healthy food on their table without spending money to buy food.
"I hope we can teach this in the farm schools in every town in the Philippines para ang mga farmer at fishermen natin lumaki ang kita," she added.
Currently, Villar said that they are encouraging small farm owners who are willing to teach the farmers as they aim to establish 1,600 farm schools nationwide for a healthier community.
Meanwhile, she urged the Barangay Nutrition Scholars to be proactive in fighting malnutrition by promoting farming in the communities.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on August 13, 2017.
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