LEGAZPI CITY, April 17 (PNA) -- Four Bicolano farmers are among the 17 young farmers who finished the 75-day pre-departure orientation course under the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ) for this year.
The training is an annual undertaking of the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries in collaboration with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council and Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The four young farmers from the Bicol Region are Joey Hade of Goa, Camarines Sur; Arvin Jay Adajar of Tigaon, Camarines Sur; Raymond Luzande of Castilla, Sorsogon; and Romnick Navarro of Mercedez, Camarines Norte.
The 75-day pre-departure orientation course included basic lessons on rice, vegetable, swine and cattle production; farm business planning, farm mechanization, computer literacy, formal Nihongo, Japanese culture and tradition, values formation and leadership training.
Kenji Terada, First Secretary of Agriculture of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines, graced their recent course completion.
The 17 young farmers flew to Japan on April 9 and will stay with their host families for 11 months.
The YFFTPJ, which started in 1991, offers an 11-month “on-farm” training to young male farmers who are 20-28 years old and at least high school graduates.
The graduates of this program received re-entry assistance projects from DA, which helped them start or expand their existing farm projects, thereby allowing the trainees to apply the technologies they learned from Japan. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/cbd