The Philippine Embassy in Qatar has launched its Agribusiness Webinar Series, offering an overview of reintegration, online and livelihood programs available to Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) in the country.
Cassandra Sawadjaan, Chargé d’Affaires of the Philippine Embassy, said the webinar had generated great interest among the Filipino community in Qatar.
She explained that the webinar series is for those who are definitely returning to the Philippines, as well as people who are planning to move back home anytime soon.
She noted that the seminar comes at a good time as the world faces food security issues and a rising rate of inflation. “This is a good opportunity for OFWs to learn about potential alternative sources of income in agribusiness, especially when done the right way through our knowledgeable people and other experts elsewhere. “Sawadjaan said.
“Where there are product demands, there are also supply opportunities. This is where the agribusiness webinar series comes in to play. We will not only learn about specific business activities such as vegetable production and pig or subsistence farming, but also information about marketing these products. This webinar will also sow the seed of knowledge within you, and it is up to you to cultivate the seed and bloom where you are planted.
The Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture – Agribusiness and Marketing Support Service, Junbert De Sagun, pointed out that the agribusiness program launched last year had provided support services , including loan and credit assistance, training and orientation, and the provision of information and education (IEC) campaign materials to a total of 2,755 OFWs in 137 OFW cooperative associations.
“Through this webinar, we hope we can effectively share government services and information on how you, our Kababayans, can engage in agribusiness, or how you can further develop your existing agricultural businesses to sustain and develop your finances,” he explained.
The director also expressed hope that OFWs will see the “great potential benefit of agriculture and come to see it as a productive and lucrative source of income.”
The Micro Agri-business program is a joint collaboration between the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Agriculture to scale up the implementation of programs, projects and services for OFWs and their families. It aims to train Filipinos abroad who wish to engage in agribusiness micro-enterprises.
A memorandum of understanding was signed in January 2021 between the two departments for this adventure.
Among the services offered are: information assistance for starting an agri-food business; Provision of learning kits and IEC materials. Facilitation of access to funding programs, training, technologies, insurance; and Assistance in the creation of networks and commercial links.
The next series of webinars will take place on Friday, September 2 at 10 a.m.
He will discuss Hog Raising with speaker Jeron Gomez, DVM, Technical Support Service Group Leader at URC-Agro-Industrial Group. Registration is now open and accessible through the official Facebook page of the Embassy of the Philippines in Qatar.