Envisioned to be globally competitive, sustainable, and technology-based agriculture and fishery sector, driven by productive and progressive farmers and fisherfolk, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office (RF0) 9 through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in collaboration with the the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Go Negosyo team launched the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program at Casa Emsa, Pagadian City last week.

The Kapatid Agri-Mentor Me programs also aims to provide efficient value chains and well integrated in the domestic and international markets contributing to inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

Some 100 Rice Processing Center (RPC), Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) operators, and private sectors in Zamboanga Peninsula participated in the said launching. Highlighting the launching was the business management training presented by competitive speakers and mentoring by experienced business operators and managers.

Jas Nito, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Team Leader said, “this program promotes business interest, to formulate and implement policies and programs, both in the national and regional levels, and to improve the capabilities and competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises in the global market.”

The program places particular emphasis on five key areas such as access to technology and information, access to credit and financing, access to markets and linkages, human resource developments and access to market opportunities.

Victor N. Madlangbayan MBM, Philippine Chamber of Entrepreneurs (PCE) Consultant, said “this program will help to empower the farmers and the private sectors to increase productivity, to boost agricultural exports and to make food available, accessible, and affordable for the Filipinos. It also encourages our participants to expand their opportunities to augment their income and earn a living.”

The Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program has prepared eight modules to train and guide the participants to be effective and efficient entrepreneurs. There are Entrepreneurial Mind Setting and Values Formation, Marketing, Accounting, Farm Operations Management, Agri Supply and Value Chain, Finance, Obligations and Contracts, and Business Plan Development.

Meanwhile, the participants pledged to attend and participate the next schedule of training and mentoring set on August 16 – 18, 2017 to fully equip the operators with the knowledge and understanding in running a business.

Wilfredo T. Secuya, Jr. LAFFICO RPC operator said, “this program helps us to run our business efficiently. The values formation and the operations management training help us to handle our business properly.” (ICabeguin/ DA9)