The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. launched its first “Sugarcane Farm Technician Course in cooperation with the University of St. LaSalle from Bacolod and the Sugar Regulatory Administration, a press release from SIFI said.
The program is designed to train a batch of young workers who want to become farm technicians with adequate knowledge in sugarcane production.
It aims to reinforce the rural workforce because most young people prefer to take up courses that are out of the farm arena, the press release said.
The Memorandum of Agreement between SIFI, SRA and USLS-Bacolod for the program was signed recently, by Edith Villanueva, SIFI president & COO; Regina Martin, SRA Administrator; and Brother President Bro. Raymundo Suplido FSC, of USLS.
The 5-month live-in training course has the support of the CONFED Planters Association and planter owners and some Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries who have sent participants to the training, the press release said.
The first batch consists of 15 SIFI scholars, it added.*