"To enhance and institutionalize the e-Extension system in agriculture, fisheries, and natural resources for optimal application, utilization and exchange among users and partners."
This component features the delivery of farm and business advisory services through the use of the ICT. Similarly, these services will be in collaboration with the other government institutions’ subject matter specialists and ICT facilities as well. The services include the technical advisory services on agriculture and fisheries technologies, agricultural marketing assistance services. Briefly, it will provide technical assistance to the farmers, extension workers, in terms of making their farming a profitable enterprise. Likewise, it will facilitate information exchange among the traders and investors in the agriculture and fisheries sector.
The Farmers' Contact Center
The Farmers' Contact Center is the alternative delivery channel for farm and business advisory services which caters to voice calls and text messages, aside from e-mails and other online communication such as instant messaging and online forum. Launched last November 28, 2009 in Tagbilaran, Bohol, this is a new service being implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Agricultural Training Institute in collaboration with the partner institutions in the Department of Science and Technology, local government units, state colleges and universities and other stakeholders in agriculture and fisheries extension.
You may contact the Farmers' Contact Center through the following hotline numbers:
Call: 982AGRI (982-2474) for Metro Manila or 1-800-10-982AGRI (or 1-800-10-982-2474) for provincial toll-free calls using PLDT landlines.
Text: For Smart and Talk&Text subscribers, just send your message to 391-DA (or 391-32). For non-Smart subscribers, send your message to 0920-946AGRI (0920-9462474).