PH sends 30 young farmers to Taiwan for 11-month agri training

Published October 3, 2021, 11:43 AM

by Betheena Unite

Thirty young Filipino farmer interns will be sent to Taiwan to undergo an 11-month internship program to explore more global farm insights and practices that will later help them start their own agribusiness.

TAIWAN BOUND– Thirty young Filipino farmer interns are bound to Taiwan for an 11-month internship program to explore more global farm insights and practices that are key in building their own agribusiness in the future. (Photo courtesy of DA-ATI)

The young farmers are sent overseas for the Filipino Young Farmers Internship Program (FYFIP) in Taiwan. It is a joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO), with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) as the lead implementing agency.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar during the send-off ceremony has urged the farmer interns to learn and appreciate the best agricultural practices, technologies, and innovations in Taiwan, and consequently, build their respective start-ups when they return home.

“This program gives the young generation of Filipinos the chance to appreciate why Taiwan is one of the leading countries in the world, particularly in agriculture, agribusiness, food processing, and manufacturing, among others,” Dar said.

“Once you have imbibed the best strategies in Taiwan, you will be given opportunities back home in many ways,” he added.

Ambassador Peiyung Hsu of TECO, on the other hand, emphasized that the main purpose of the internship program is to help the young farmers improve their knowledge and skills as they play critical roles in transforming the sector.

“I really would like to see the farmers in the Philippines be well empowered with new technologies and skills so you can help other farmers,” he said.

Early this year, the FYFIP Batch 1 have undergone an orientation course intended to improve their knowledge, skills, and practices on pig husbandry, mechanized rice production, dairy and beef cattle production and management, basic aquaculture, agricultural production, and the Mandarin language.

This program was sealed with a memorandum of understanding with MECO and TECO in December 2020, enhancing the existing friendly relations between the agriculture and fishery authorities.