Pasil, Kalinga – Two youngsters from Pasil, Kalinga will be joining other trainees from the Cordillera region in the pilot program of the 21-month Youth Scholarship Grant on Organic Farming, informs Agriculturist Rowena Gonnay.
The internship program is a joint venture of the Department of Agriculture, the National Organic Agriculture Board and Agricultural Training Institute, and the local government units. It is designed to instill and develop in the trainees an appreciation and eagerness for organic agriculture and eventually adopt it as their source of income, according to the Regional Training Center of DA-ATI.
Further, the program provides start-up support and mentoring for the implementation of the grantees’ business plan, thus empowering the youth to become organic agripreneurs, added the agency.
Gonnay said many voiced their interest when they rolled out the application for the grant. However, only the two recipients, Clarence Pinading from Dangtalan and Cloyd Gayagay from Ableg, were able to meet all the requirements set by the department.
The two and other youth grantees forged a memorandum of agreement with ATI during the general orientation held Thursday, March 02 at the regional training center of DA-ATI in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Lam-en Gonnay, the owner of the department’s farm partner Ilichan Integrated and Diversified Farm in Dangtalan where the two trainees from Pasil will be deployed, also attended the event.
The grantees will begin their 21-monthlong training on Monday, March 06, 2023.
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