ATI-RTC 8 OA scholars implement organic enterprise initiatives

Wed, 01/24/2024 - 14:18

The first batch of scholars under the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Institute 8's (ATI-RTC 8) Youth Scholarship Grant on Organic Farming have completed the internship and received approval for the proposed organic enterprises.

After finishing nine months of intensive hands-on training in organic practicing farms, the scholars crafted and submitted their business proposals in December 2023. As of early January 2024, all proposals have been approved and funded, paving the way for scholars to implement their ventures in the second year of the program.

On January 23, 2024, Ms. Graciel V. Gacutan, the ATI-RTC 8’s Organic Agriculture Focal Person, along with representatives from partner farms - Beautiful Hands and Tempesto Farm, visited some of the scholars to monitor the implementation of their organic enterprises.

Ms. Gacutan reminded the scholars that expenditures must strictly adhere to their approved business proposals and encouraged them to submit partial liquidation reports. She also held discussions with the scholars' parents, emphasizing their role in providing guidance and support.

Ms. Emmalyn Bungcaras, one of the scholars, provided expenditure reports and ensured that all purchases were documented with receipts and invoices. She plans to begin transplanting activities.

Mr. Roen Odo, another scholar, also presented liquidation reports. He is currently constructing a goat house with his father's help.

The Youth Scholarship Grant on Organic Farming aims to empower young Filipinos to become successful organic agripreneurs. This initiative provides comprehensive training, mentorship, and start-up support to equip young people with the necessary skills and resources to establish their own sustainable and profitable organic farms.