“Kayo ang magsisilbing tulay sa pagitan ng makaluma at modernong mga solusyon at teknolohiya sa pagtatanim at pangingisda. And most importantly, you will serve as an inspiration to both the old and future generations.”

This was the motivating message of Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries Executive Director Nestor Domenden during the online Agricultural and Fishery Youthpreneur Council (AFYC) consultation on December 16, 2022.

The AFYC serves as a platform for the full engagement of youth in agriculture and fisheries development and enterprises.

More than 20 members actively participated in the consultation to tackle issues and recommendations for enhancing various agri-fishery industries.

SAKAbataan Project Manager Zarah Navarro discussed the Magna Carta of Young Farmers along with a background on the Philippine Youth today in relation to agriculture.

Some members also shared their best practices in conducting agri-fishery-related activities and expanding membership.

One of them was Marlon Balunsot of AFYC Cagayan Valley, who was recently awarded as this year’s National Outstanding Volunteer.

“For me, service is not measured on the years you stayed in your position. Service is measured through the impact and change that we make in our community,” Balunsot said.

He also left the “3S” tips for the AFYC members: Seek, Sacrifice, and Sustain.

PCAF then ended the consultation by discussing the objectives and overall plan for the AFYC recruitment and membership expansion, which aims to encourage more youth to engage in agriculture. | JCL