The provincial government of Albay opens an agriculture one stop shop,Farmers Bounty Village, that is first in the Philippines.
Further,Gov. Al Francis Bichara. mentioned that the goal of the shop is to encourage farmers to generate more profit from agriculture. He also stated that young ones should be entrepreneurs while pursuing agriculture.
The 15-hectare agriculture one stop shop was launched last May and has various facilities such as: agricultural centers, processing facilities, laboratory areas and a farm school.
“The farm school would help farmers and fisherfolk in coping with the changing climate,”Cheryll Rebeta, provincial agriculturist, said on the report of Inquirer.
More specifically,through the farm school, students will learn on how to adapt with the changing weather conditions and other threats from cultivating crops.
“Hands-on training sessions will also be held as part of vocational courses—from planting to food processing,” Inquirer report mentioned.
Processed products such as fermented cacao beans, wine, vinegar, “tablea” (native chocolate tablets) and nibbles,sweet potato and pili are being made.
For those who want to venture in organic farming, scholarships from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are readily available.
Moreover, farmers can seek consultation from the soil laboratory regarding soil conditions and proper fertilization.
Respectively, Albay is soon to obtain sufficient amount of milk and market products on other areas. Dairy livestock breeders have made commitments in helping the province to acquire enough supply of milk.
To improve the dairy production in Albay, dairy plants deemed to offer trainings and seminars for farmers about proper milking.
Not to mention, Albay’s public market or the trading center displays organically grown vegetables, processed products, and other local food which are affordable.
Suppliers are free to sell their product at the trading center.