FRLD recognizes the need to provide technical know-how's and improve the marketing capabilities of existing and building agri-entrepreneurs, as well as those in the grassroots. To this end, FRLD has carried out various entrepreneurship and livelihood training programs, seminars, and workshops.
FRLD designed a planning framework and implemented several planning workshop sessions to jumpstart the DA-GA-HVCCP. The planning framework followed the agribusiness system and the planning workshop utilized the participatory approach. Attended by more than 1,500 participants both government and private sector nationwide, these sessions identified priority projects based on industry needs as identified by the private sector. The project also resulted in the organization of a core of ATI trainors in the area of formulating development plans for high value commercial crops.
Following consultations with key informants from the mango, garlic, and onion industries to identify their problems and concern, FRLD designed a corresponding seminar program that addresses the needs of the industry. The seminars, participated in by marginalized farmers, focused on the latest developments in production, postharvest, and handling practices, as well as processing and value-adding techniques. The seminars included field visits to allow participants to interact with successful mango, garlic, and onion producers.
Participants to the seminar were informed of the latest US-FDA guidelines on HACCP on seafood. Videotapes and detailed manuals were provided to give local seafood processors and exporters the requirements for the entry of foreign seafood products into the US markets. Speakers from the US-FDA were on hand to disseminate information and respond to queries from participants.
Participants to the seminar were the Regional Agribusiness Chiefs of the Department of Agriculture. It was at aimed at transferring trade fair management technology to the participants to enable them to conduct trade fairs at the regional level as prepare them for international trade fair participation.
Over the years, FRLD has, through its market research, accumulated various information on a wide range of agricultural commodities covering pre-production, production, processing/postharvest, and marketing aspects. These were then packaged into training modules for conducting a series of in-house training courses for interest groups and individuals in both the government and private sector. More than 100 seminars have been carried out by FRLD. A number of these seminars are conducted during the annual AgriLink trade show and convention.