ISTE on Agriculture Visits Dalaguete Farmers

On July 11-12 2016, ISTE in Agriculture, Dr. Rudolf Holtkamp through the facilitation of the K to 12 Plus Project and OURFood explored the potentials of offering dualized training in agriculture for the 2nd phase of the K to 12 Plus project.

Dr. Holtkamp together with the AFOS team met with Dr. Juanita Pinote, Campus Director of Cebu Technological University (CTU-Argao) to gather information on the school’s course offerings in Agriculture. He also inquired about the graduates, prospects for employment, on the job trainings and the number of enrollees in agriculture in the campus.

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Dr. Juanita Pinote, Campus Director of CTUArgao shares her school’s experience in offering Agriculture in Sr. High School with Dr. Holtkamp, RR Teresa Pono and OURFoodAgritech Noe dela Paz. Not in photo, TC Bryan Araneta

After meeting the CTU campus director, the group visited the farms in Dalaguete, Cebu where they met with the Dalaguete Vegetable Grower’s Association (DAVEGA) farmers and its president Mr. Reynaldo Lee. Farm visits were also done in the various farms of DAVEGA members. Dr. Holtkamp made a random interview of the farmers inquiring of their income, knowledge and skills, skills upgrading needs and the implementation of Philippine Good Agricultural Practice (PhilGAP) identifying the challenges and opportunities that comes with it.

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Dr. Holtkamp also met with the Dalaguete Vegetable Growers Association, an OURFood-assisted group. He is shown here with farmer Manolo Lanzaderas who owns one of the association’s GAP certified farms in Mantalongon, Dalaguete.

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