QUEZON CITY – Some 50 young farmers have been selected for an internship program that will commence this August in Taiwan.
Dubbed as the Filipino Young Farmers Internship Program in Taiwan (FYFIPT), the program aims to empower the youth to become farmer leaders and agricultural entrepreneurs after acquiring the modern techniques, approaches and marketing strategies in agriculture and fisheries during their internship in Taiwan.
The program also serves as a venue for exchange of agricultural information of mutual interest among participants; and serves as a platform wherein young farmers can show and harness their leadership potential. FYFIPT is a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture through the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office-Taipei Economic Cultural Office.
To be qualified for the program, the young farmers underwent a rigorous selection process which included oral and written examinations, field validation and medical examination. The accepted young farmers will advance to the Pre-Departure Orientation Course (PDOC) to prepare them for a training on aquaculture, agriculture, social technology and Mandarin language class before they embark on the 11-month internship program in Taiwan.
ATI Deputy Director Antonieta J. Arceo challenged the young farmers to have a strong will and determination to finish the internship program. She also asked the interns to treat this program as an opportunity to learn and maximize the learnings that will be gained in Taiwan, especially the technologies. She emphasized the directive of the ATI Director to think of new technologies in farming and expressed the support of the Institute in this undertaking.
The third batch of the young farmers attended the program orientation on May 5, 2023 via zoom.