FARMER ENTREPRENEURS. Farmer recipients of a farm business school give a thumbs up after graduating from the program on Friday (Aug 12, 2022). The FBS is one of the programs of the Department of Agrarian Reform to help empower rural communities and uplift their living conditions. (Photo courtesy of DAR Ilocos Norte)

LAOAG CITY – At least 30 farmers in Nagsurot village, Burgos, Ilocos Norte are ready to become better entrepreneurs after graduating from a farm business school (FBS) on Friday, courtesy of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

The 25-session course, which began on March 21, features hands-on tutoring on basic farm recording, bookkeeping, and accounting while undergoing scientific farming. It starts from land preparation, and planting, until harvest and marketing.

Through the FBS, farmers said they were able to record their inputs versus outputs and expenses versus gross sales, making them realize that farming is a business too.

Aprilla Aleta, village chief of Nagsurot, said they are lucky with her constituents for being selected as recipients of the DAR’s FBS, an annual activity of the agency to help empower rural communities through education.

While extending his congratulations to the graduates, provincial agrarian reform officer Vic Ines challenged them to always apply their learnings in managing their farms while ensuring a good harvest.

“Through the FBS, we help our farmers to think and act like entrepreneurs. This is part of our efforts to help transform the lives of our farmers, which contribute to nation building and in support of our President’s food sufficiency program,” he said. (PNA)