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The Institute of Agricultural Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (IATES) of SPAMAST Buhangin campus is now preparing to build a multiplier farm for livestock.

SPAMAST, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Region XI-Livestock Division, will establish a multiplier farm with an allocated budget of 1.2M that will have domesticated animals raise in an agricultural setting to produce commodities such as food. Since the campus is practicing agricultural innovations as it offers programs related to farming and business such as Bachelor of Agricultural Technology and Bachelor of Science in Agri-business, the project will be a great help to students to learn by doing.

As SPAMAST claims to make itself independent in terms of self or income generating projects, the said multiplier farm becomes an opportunity for the institution to earn and explore prospects with others. – Sheena Love Estilloso

    SPAMAST received the approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the implementation of the P8.5M program entitled, “Community-Based S & T Technopreneurship Enterprise-based Agriculture and Aqua-Marine (CB-TEAM) in Davao Region.”

    CB-TEAM in Davao Region covered September 2017 until August 2019.

   The program generally aims the productivity and improvement of farmers and fisherfolks in Davao Region through the adoption of good agricultural management practices and organic farming technologies implemented under farmer/fisherfolks-approach agricultural extension modality.

    Specifically, it targeted to assess the socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the farmers and fisherfolks in selected project sites, existing farm management practices, problems and constraints encountered related to farming/fishing; and determine the geographic locations and areas of existing farms and characterize the biophysical conditions of the existing areas and establish database.

    Second, it aimed to establish 80 vegetable farms with 1000 sq.m./farm; 20 sea cucumber production farms; 10 fish processors; 10 goat farms; 10 poultry farms (native chickens); 10 pig farms; 25 coffee farms (0.25 ha each); 25 cacao farms (0.25 ha. each); and 20 cardaba farm evenly distributed in Davao Region.

    Third, to establish a 3.0 hectares “Farmer Business Enterprise School” at SPAMAST Production and Research Station showcasing a complete farm business package technology with the following features: vegetable production, fruit production, herb garden, crop/seed/seedling production nursery, poultry farm, goat farm and pig farm, food (agri and fishery product) processing, and TESDA Training site.

    Fourth, program to provide 500 (250 farm demonstration cooperators and 250 next in-line beneficiaries) small scale farmers and fisherfolks in Davao Region better access to the knowledge, skills and services in Agriculture and other allied activities so as to increase the Agriculture production and thereby elevate their decision making abilities and socioeconomic status;

     Fifth, document extension modalities in Davao Region and conduct press releases to showcase success stories of “Magsasakang Negosyante.”

     Sixth, establish market and conduct supply and market chain analysis for GAP and GMP produced fresh and processed agriculture and fishery products.

     The expected outcomes are food security and reduced poverty, and the increase by 25% from the P19,967 annual poverty threshold. The project leader is Dr. Dela Grace Bacaltos. –Ma. Regina E. Robante

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