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Press Office - PR#18–2016, April 12, 2016


Young Filipino Farmers go to Japan to join the Training Program



Key note speech by First Secretary Terada

Young Filipino Farmers



Embassy of Japan’s First Secretary Kenji Terada, Japan Agricultural Exchange Council’s Coordinator Waki Sasago together with ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot led the Farewell ceremony for the “Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan” at the Rural Development Education Center of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Agriculture in Quezon City on April 8, 2016.  Though this program, 20 young farmers are scheduled to go to Japan on April 13th, and stay for 11 months in Japanese farmers’ houses to learn production techniques, management and distribution systems.  After coming back to the Philippines from Japan, they will spearhead in improving agricultural production, collection and distribution of farm products in their respective regions.  


This program launched in 1986 by the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council and has been sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan for 30 years.   Around 500 graduates of this program have been working and improving the agricultural sector as leaders in various regions all over the Philippines. A network of these young farmers continues to be important in solving harvest or post-harvest problems that hamper the Philippine agricultural sector.


Though this program, the 20 trainees are expected to understand agricultural systems in Japan as well as imbibe the Japanese culture. They are to impart their new knowledge, skills and lessons learned to the respective communities in their regions, and help to deepen the friendship between the people of Japan and the Philippines.


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