Tacloban's "Bring Back the Youth to Agriculture" program targets young farmers

Tacloban's "Bring Back the Youth to Agriculture" program targets young farmers

Tacloban City aims to rekindle interest in farming among the youth, combating challenges faced by aging farmers. Photo for illustrative purposes only.

TACLOBAN CITY – The age range of 57–65 poses health and productivity challenges for farmers. To tackle this issue, the "Bring Back the Youth to Agriculture" program has been initiated by City Agriculturist Romelo Anade. The program aims to engage young individuals in farming, ensuring a sustainable future for the city and averting food scarcity.

In a recent interview with Radyo Abante- SJTV, Anade highlighted the government's efforts to introduce agriculture into schools through the "Gulayan Sa Paaralan" program. This initiative educates students on modern farming techniques and targets 60% of schools under the City Division.

To encourage out-of-school youth (OSY) to explore agriculture, Anade emphasized the potential for a meaningful and productive path, steering away from harmful activities. The City Agriculturist Office, located on Justice Romualdez Street, operates from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., welcoming those interested in enrolling in the agriculture scholarship program funded by TESDA in collaboration with accredited learning schools.

Each batch of the scholarship program accommodates 25 students, and applicants must be residents of Tacloban City. —iTacloban (with reports from CIO)

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