MANILA – Twenty-six farmers from South Cotabato are expected to become agricultural entrepreneurs as they graduated from the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Farm Business School (FBS).

The FBS program, a hands-on educational system to help farmers learn and improve their knowledge and skills on entrepreneurship and farm business management, is in line with the stand of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III to improve the livelihood of the farmers.

FBS graduate Lenny Belle Gumboc, in her salutatory speech, said the FBS changed her perspective in farming, as she committed to apply all her learnings from schooling.

Gerona Famular, another graduate, said the FBS has helped her in terms of tracking records to improve her farming and business operations.

“We are all committed to apply all we have learned because we believe that it would help our farms become more profitable,” she said in a news release on Sunday.

The FBS graduates from Barangay Rizal 3, Banga town showcased their different vegetable, fruits, and poultry products such as upo, melon, sayote, sitao, pipino, watermelon and chicken eggs during the graduation ceremony, to express their heartfelt gratitude for the project.

The FBS was conducted in partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute, Banga municipality, South Cotabato provincial government and the Office of the House of Representative – 2nd Congressional District.

Pinky Ponte, OIC- Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I, congratulated the graduates for completing the course and encouraged the farmers to be more enthusiastic in their farming as she assured them of the continuous government’s support. (PNA)