Youth in Western Visayas urged to participate in DA programs

Published June 4, 2021, 2:51 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – As part of the government’s food security program, the youth in Western Visayas has been urged to participate in agricultural programs of the Department of Agriculture Region 6 (Western Visayas).

“We want to harness the skills and encourage the youth to get involved in agriculture not only in manual labor but also in digital agriculture such as the use or operations of drones in farming,” said DA Region 6 Director Remelyn Recoter.

The DA Region 6 “Kabataang Agribiz” program is offering to fund programs for youth who recently participated in the Business Model Canvas (BMC) orientation.

“The project should be profitable, sustainable, and viable. It should not depend on grants or subsidies alone. It means that the enterprise can thrive even after the project duration,” said Rhea Christina Resol, regional focal person of the DA Region 6 Kabataang Agribiz program.

The program is designed to address the need to fill the shortage of young farmers in the country and those engaged in farming are beyond 50-years-old.

In Western Visayas, the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) found out that 44.11 percent of the estimated 700,000 farmers in the region are older than 50 years of age.