Youth Leaders Shaped as New Breed of Agripreneurs

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 15:10

DILIMAN, Quezon City—Aimed to provide knowledge and skills to the youth leaders in the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently conducted three batches of training on Agripreneurship for Youth Leaders – Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Categories. A total of 54 young leaders from the Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions I, II, VIII, X, XI, and XIII participated in the trainings. The trainings were held via Zoom last October 25-27, 2022 (Beginner Category), November 7-9, 2022 (Intermediate Category), and November 9-11, 2022 (Advanced Category).

In her message to the participants, ATI Director Remelyn R. Recoter expressed, “I truly hope that you find this training on agripreneurship a meaningful and rewarding experience as youth leaders. May it encourage you to work for the creation of an agriculture industry that will inspire more young people to engage in. May this training pave the way for the emergence of a new set of committed youth who will be our partners in improving the sector and who are ready to become agripreneurs.”

The training on agripreneurship was categorized based on the agricultural and entrepreneurial experiences, and learning journeys of the participants. Each category of the training provided lectures on agribusiness, workshops on crafting agribusiness proposals, and pitching of the proposals for possible grants.

Some of the topics discussed during the trainings are: Characteristics of a Successful Young Agripreneur; Agribusiness Financial Management; Different Types of Agribusiness Marketing Strategies; Business Ethics; Good Business Practices; Social Entrepreneurship; Youth Agribusiness Model Canvas; Strategies for Business Pitching; and Agribusiness Plans Development.

For the Beginner Category, the agribusiness proposals crafted by the participants are about ginger production, swine fattening and production, goat production, potato seed production, duck farming, and diversified farming.
Proposals related to integrated vegetable farming, peanut brittle production, quail egg production, native chicken production, black rice through balance fertilization strategy adoption and management, lettuce and pak choi greenhouse farm, and container cafe construction were done by the participants for the Intermediate Category.

While for the Advanced Category, proposals were on dairy goat milk production, rabbit meat production, oyster mushroom production, fresh tilapia and lettuce production using advanced aquaponics systems, diversified agri-tourism, and agricultural services.

These agribusiness projects were presented by the participants during the Agribusiness Pitching last November 23-25, 2022 conducted in ATI Central Office. Top three winners per category were chosen. Hence, these agribusiness plans will be provided with agribusiness grants, as start-up capital and shall be awarded during the Awarding Ceremony on December 19, 2022.