Jam Salazar | August 17, 2018
The Philippines, despite the rapid increase in its urbanization, is still primarily an agricultural country with the agriculture sector contributing highly to the labor force. Farming practices remain location-specific, which creates the need for highly localized data to help farmers mitigate crop losses during extreme weather conditions. Consequently, the availability of accurate weather knowledge also increases farmers’ agricultural productivity through technical capabilities.
WeatherPhilippines Foundation seeks to be a catalyst in linking farmers and agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to weather technology and experts who fully understand weather conditions. These experts can help them interpret complex weather and climate information.
To fuel this initiative, the foundation partnered with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), an extension arm of the Department of Agriculture. ATI is mandated to train agricultural extension workers and their beneficiaries and lead the delivery of extension services for agriculture and fisheries.
The partnership will jointly formulate, prepare, and implement programs and projects that will strengthen the capacities of agricultural communities. In the process, it will promote sustainable agriculture through the use of weather information.
Knowledge sharing and technology exchange for the benefit of ATI-supported agricultural communities also ensures that they become safe, empowered, and sustainable.
WeatherPhilippines’ partnership with ATI will push for the creation of technology-assisted systems with the main goal of generating relevant weather information for the agricultural sector. It will also promote the utilization of micro-weather conditions to facilitate site-specific agricultural decisions.
The company looks forward to providing highly localized weather information with regard to changes in agricultural practices, with the aim of making it suitable for the vagaries of weather and to adapt to market conditions for maximum financial gains.
From basic weather trainings, WeatherPhilippines is taking it up a notch by partnering with ATI for an inclusive collaboration that will empower the agricultural communities and raise up #WeatherWiser Filipino farmers.
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