Thousands apply for youth agribiz mentorship program

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 11 -- A few hours after the announcement was posted on social media, on February 9, 2021, calling for applicants under the Mentoring and Attracting Youth in Agribusiness (MAYA) program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the online system was deluged with interested individuals, exceeding by four-fold the required number of interns.

“It’s a good indication that many of our youth are eager and interested to learn and get involved in agri-fishery enterprises. They are simply waiting for the right opportunity, and that is, through our MAYA platform,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

Coordinated by the DA’s Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), MAYA is a 24-week internship program that aims to develop young Filipinos into agri-fishery entrepreneurs or “agripreneurs” or possibly technocrats, training as future leaders of the DA or of their respective communities and local government units (LGUs).


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