NAGA CITY - Some 200 farmers, members of cooperatives, micro and small business entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs trooped to the Launching of the “Kapatid Agri Mentor Me” Program ´held in one of the hotels here over the week. This program is a collaborative undertaking of the Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) - Go Negosyo. This was patterned from the KAPATID Project of the Department of Trade Industry and the PCE which aims to help the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through a coaching and mentoring approach where big and successful enterprise and corporations teach the MSMEs on different aspects of business operations.
DA Bicol regional executive director, Dr. Elena B. de los Santos urged farmers to change their mind set of just being content with their role as producers but should aspire to be entrepreneurs. With their diligence, creativity, and innovativeness plus the help of their “big brothers” small farmers can manage and make the most of their resources and abilities and transform them into viable enterprises.