Argentine delegation trains NDA personnel for improved extension services
Written by: Karen Joy U. Manalo
Three Argentine experts were in the Philippines for five days for the implementation of the second phase of the Technical Cooperation Project within the Framework of the Argentine South and Triangular Cooperation Fund (FOAR) with the Philippines entitled: “Livestock Production for Dairy Purposes.”
The delegation comprised of Dr. Agustina Llano, Coordinator, National Dairy Direction; Mr. Francisco Ferreira, Technical Coordinator, Rural Change Program; and Mr. Javier Baudracco, Teacher of Dairy Production, Litoral National University visited the Philippines from July 31- August 3, 2018.
The first phase of the mission started in November 2018 with Dr. Llano visiting the different dairy farms in South and North Luzon regions to identify the interventions that they can provide for the Philippine dairy industry.
giving emphasis on the problems besetting the dairy activities of the farmers. Workshops were conducted several times during the sessions to enhance the advisors’ communication skills necessary in the effective facilitation of farmers’ meetings.
Dr. Agustina Llano, Coordinator, National Dairy Direction; Mr. Javier Baudracco, Teacher of Dairy Production, Litoral National University; Mr. Francisco Ferreira, Technical Coordinator, Rural Change Program pose with the 15 NDA employees who completed the training workshop on Group Working Methodology conducted by the Argentine experts.
As part of their practicum, the trained advisors had an immersion in the community wherein they facilitated actual meetings with farmer-members of Palcon Dairy Cooperative. This was held on August 1-2, 2018 in Sariaya, Quezon. For the first part of the meeting, farmers were asked to identify issues and concerns in their respective dairy farms. The NDA technical personnel and other farmers were also encouraged to provide recommendations for the concerns raised. The second part of the meeting involved an actual visit to one of the participants’ dairy farm where farmers were asked to observe and provide suggestions for possible improvement.
On the last day of the mission, the Argentine experts and NDA advisors participated in a wrap up session wherein they evaluated the performance of the advisors during the practicum. Recommendations on how to improve the conduct of future meetings with the farmers were provided as well.