Negros Occidental agripreneurs get boost through mentoring

Erwin P. Nicavera

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing to capacitate agripreneurs in Negros Occidental through the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP), a platform that promotes mentorship in the agriculture sector.

The DA-Negros Island Region (NIR), in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), launched the program in the province at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City on Monday.

It was followed by a three-day session, which runs until Thursday, comprising eight modules on different functional areas of entrepreneurship.

The modules included mentoring on entrepreneurial mind setting, values formation and marketing, accounting, farm operation, agriculture supply and value chain, financial management, obligation and contract, and business planning.

Jenny Babe Gigato, agriculturist I of DA-NIR Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, said the agency has identified 30 farmer-members from three agri-enterprises in the province to become the first batch of mentees.

Gigato said KAMMP aims to help local enterprises scale up their businesses through intensive coaching and mentoring by successful business owners and experts in the country.

“The end goal of the program is to produce confident agripreneurs with the right mindset and business know-how that will enable them to maximize their own enterprise,” she added.

After the three-day session, a follow-up activity will be conducted on September 21 where participating agripreneurs will present their respective business plans for critiquing.

Potential business plans will be given opportunities for possible financial assistance, Gigato said.

After Negros Occidental, Gigato said the DA Regional Field Office 6 will also launch the program in Iloilo City to cover three more batches of agripreneurs from various Panay provinces.

“Under DA-Region 6, we hope to provide the same mentorship program to more agripreneurs in Negros Occidental starting next year,” Gigato said, adding that upscaling farmers to successful entrepreneurs is one of the thrusts of the DA.