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DA 6 calling for market-led proposals for youth agribiz

Seventy-four youth from the different provinces of Western Visayas, who took part in the Business Model Canvas orientation are encouraged to send market-driven project proposals for the Kabataang Agribiz program before June 15.

Rhea Christina Resol, program focal person of the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas said, “Your project proposals should be profitable, sustainable, and viable. Your agribusiness project should not depend on grants or subsidies alone. It means that your enterprise can thrive even after the project duration.”

The Kabataang Agribiz Competitive Grant Assistance Program is one of the government’s actions to address the declining number of farmworkers and the aging population of farmers, a press release from DA 6 said.

“As part of the One DA Reform Agenda, we are to transform Philippine agriculture by encouraging and soliciting support from the youth. Today, most youth prefer to work abroad, go in the IT industry, and other white-collar jobs,” DA 6 regional executive director, Remelyn Recoter, said.

She added that of the 700,000 farmers listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture in Region 6, 44.11 percent are aged over 50 years old.

“Through this Kabataang Agribiz, we want to harness the skills and encourage the youth to get involved in agriculture, not only in manual labor but also in digital agriculture, such as the use or operations of drones in farming,” Recoter said.

Youth who want to pre-register in the program should be 18 to 30 years old, natural-born Filipino and either in or out of school. The DA prefers applicants who have formal or non-formal education and training in agri-fishery and must implement related enterprises geared towards the improvement of the sector.

Applicants have to submit a BMC as a major requirement in the program, alongside 2×2 photos, valid IDs with clear photo and birthday indicated, and training certificates to agribizawards2021.amadRFO6@gmail.com.

As a tool concretizing business ideas into a cohesive strategy, the BMC shall contain nine segments, namely, value proposition, customer segments, marketing channels, customer relationships, key resources, key activities, key partners, cost structure, and revenue streams.

“Come up with detailed and close to reality estimates of resources and materials in your BMC considering the current prices. We recommend that you start small. In the next few years, we can plan on how to expand it. Let us not compromise the sustainability of your proposed projects,” Resol told.

Interested applicants – individual or group – can generate proposals for crops, livestock and fishery production, trading, processing, integrated farming, and agricultural technology or innovation.

Based on the program guidelines, the DA targets 1,300 workable proposals nationwide as winners in the provincial level, and each shall receive P50,000 to fund the project.

Three enterprises shall be selected as winners in every region with a P150,000 project grant. The six best agribusiness projects will be awarded P300,000 each as national winners.

DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division chief, Maria Teresa Solis, advised the youth to prepare project proposals based on their interests and inclinations.

“This pandemic time, we saw the importance of our farmers in securing and sustaining food production for the community despite the restrictions,” she added in the press release.*

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