MAYA Program in Central Luzon, promoted by the Department

Paraiso, Tarlac – Formal the program MAYA or Mentoring and Attracting Youth in Agribusiness in Central Luzon held at Central Luzon Integrated Agricultural Research Center for Lowland Development (CLIARCLD) Paraiso, Tarlac on March 10th under the leadership of OIC – Regional Technical Director for Research, Regulatory & ILD Arthur Dayrit and Chief of Research Dr. Irene Adion.

In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), there are a total of sixty (16) trainees from different provinces of Central Luzon awarded the internship certificate to Filipino youth with age 20 to 30 and graduated any course with four to six years.

MAYA Program aims to develop skills and enhance skills in agriculture sector within 24 weeks of training. Furthermore, interns are being prepared for jobs that await them after training for six months.

In the message of Dr. Irene Adion, she explained to interns why young people were selected in this program. ′′ Younger generations need to be included in agriculture because it is noticed that the average age of a farmer now is 57. We ensure that children like you are very dynamic in terms of engaging business,” He added.

Meanwhile, RTD Dayrit urged interns not to stop production but should also learn how to grow their crops by selling their products. ′′ There are many opportunities to grow not only just planting rice, you can plant rice but after production you still have something to do to earn more, these are the other aspects of value chain that is being said,” he said.

At the same time, interns signing their respective contracts from which their internship starts on March 15th ending September 15th.

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