SAGADA, Mountain Province – The Agricultural Institute-Regional Training Center-Cordillera Administrative Region (ATI-RTC-CAR), in partnership with the provincial government through its Provincial Veterinary Office, launched the Kabataan sa Pukyutan: Adopt-a-Farm Youth to Livestock Learning Site for Agriculture at the Sagada Heritage Bee Farm in Balugan, Sagada on October 12, 2023.
Applying the “Learning by Doing” motto, six out-of-school youth beneficiaries will be completing the one-month duration beekeeping project at the host farm, which is owned by Jason Olat Cam-ed.
During the simple program, ATI-RTC-CAR livestock focal person Maribeth M. Ladu-an shared that beekeeping is a science and art of keeping bees using best practices and it can provide farmers with a variety of enterprises like production of beeswax, honey and other edible bee products, crop pollination services and sale of bees to other beekeepers.
With this, Ladu-an said that after the training program, the participants shall be able to demonstrate skills on the proper management of bees and can start their own bee farm.
Meanwhile, Provincial Veterinarian Rodelio B. Bagawi acknowledged the ATI-RTC-CAR for bringing the program to the province and thanked the owner of the host farm for allowing his place to be a learning site. According to him, the Sagada Heritage Farm has been recognized as outstanding in its category as a Learning Site for Agriculture with modern beekeeping technologies.
Bagawi urged the youth-recipients to take the opportunity to learn beekeeping since it is becoming an increasingly popular enterprise and aside from this, he also mentioned the significance of bees in aiding in the pollination of plants and crops; thus, helping agricultural plants to thrive.
In her remarks, Sagada Municipal Agriculturist Carmen Fomeg-as said that the beekeeping training will provide livelihood opportunities for the recipients either locally or abroad.
Moreover, Cam-ed assured the youth-recipients that they will be learning a lot in their stay-in and month-long stay at his farm.
“With the help of our fellow apiculturists in the farm, we will try our best to help you on how to keep bees and manage their apiaries. The field of beekeeping is a continuous learning process so I hope that we will be learning from one another,” Cam-ed said.
Furthermore, part of the program was the turnover of farm kits from the ATI-RTC-CAR to the recipients.
By MP Press Release