Agricultural extension workers and farmer leaders in Western Visayas were trained recently in small engine servicing at the Regional Training Center of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority in Negros Occidental, Lorena Yunque, TESDA-Negros provincial director, said yesterday.
Yunque said the 32 AEWs and farmer leaders were trained in repairing and maintaining farm equipment like rice threshers and pumps to minimize their expenses on the maintenance of their farm inputs.
Farm mechanization is important for a more efficient production but maintaining it may cost them additional expenses, thus the convergence project of Department of Agriculture and TESDA in providing them training on small engine servicing is created, Yunque said.
The program is in cooperation with the Agricultural Training Institute-VI and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Negros Occidental, she said.
Yunque encouraged all schools in Negros Occidental accredited with TESDA to offer technical-vocational courses on agriculture to help promote the agriculture program of the province.
Tech-voc courses in agriculture will coincide with the organic farming program of the province since these courses are only offered in universities, she said.
TESDA accredited schools can offer basic courses on agriculture like horticulture, organic farming, and animal raising, she added.* LTG