Young trainer helps farmers improve their income

Young trainer helps farmers improve their income in coffee

While the agriculture sector is suffering from a shortage of young workers in the industry, Darly Joy Puguon, 22, has decided to pursue her passion and study Bachelor of Agricultural Technology at the Ifugao State University. “Gusto ko talaga magturo sa ibang mga farmers natin para makatulong at kumita sila,” she said. Now a trainer […]

Expanding potential for profit

With the farm practices he learned from the tour in Sagada’s Ola Farms, Philander Miguel, 51, will try to expand planting coffee from half hectare of his coffee farm to one hectare. “Talagang ngayon magtatanim pa kame ng mas marami. ‘Yung farm ko ngayon kulang pa sa asikaso,” he said. To address this, Miguel said […]

Rejuvenating the coffee industry in Cordillera Region

While most farmers in Asipulo, Ifugao, have yet to embrace the practice of rejuvenating coffee trees for better productivity, Ramon Bistol Jr., 48, has decided to cut down the stems of his old trees on February 2018, hoping it would yield better results. “Nagkaroon kami ng learning trip sa Batangas, kung saan ko natutunan at […]

Social enterprise boosts incomes in Quezon

Since fishing is a seasonal industry, fisherfolks like Enrico De Rama, manager of Aqua, have to look for other sources of income during the months where monsoon winds are prevailing in Tayabas Bay. “Sa panahon ng January to May, ‘kung focus ka talaga sa dagat, kikita ka ng halos PHP 20,000 to PHP 25,000. ‘Pag […]

From hardship to relief

To add to the meager income she and her husband get from fishing, Myra Suarez Yopyop, 42, had to sell some of their catch to her neighbors. “Ginagawa ko po minsan, kalahating kilo na lang ang binebenta dahil wala talagang bumibili (kapag isang kilo),” she said. “Nung dumating sa’min yung project ng PEF, malaki po […]

Increase of income seen for fisherfolks in Padre Burgos

“Ang aking kita noon na PHP 200, ngayon PHP 500 (a day) na.”  Obet Ocampo, 55, is one of the 24 beneficiaries of fiberglass boats and fishing gears provided by PEF as a subsidized loan. He also manages the fishpond that produces grouper and lapu-lapu. “Dahil mayroon ng fishpond, mayroon kaming pinagkakakitaan kahit hindi kami […]

Farmers benefit from GAP, leadership training

Eduardo Gonzaga, chair of LAMPCO Management Consultative Council in Sawata, said the new ideas and practices learned in training will be adopted in his 2.6-hectare coconut and cacao farm. “Dapat pagdating mo sa farm galing sa training, nasa isip mo na dapat magamit mo ‘yung natutunan mo kasi kahit ilang beses ka pa sumama sa […]

SE works for Loreto Davis

As a liaison officer in San Isidro municipal hall, Loreto Davis, 57, hopes to retire early so he can focus on managing his 1.7-hectare farm with 200 trees of coconut and 500 hills of cacao. With the falling prices of copra, Davis, a member of Small Coconut Farmers Organization (SCFO) in San Isidro has been […]

Women power farming in San Isidro

Wilma Puno, 75, dispelled the notion that only men can work in the farms, saying that for 40 years, she has maintained 1.8 hectares of coconut and cacao farm. “Kung kaya ng lalake, kayang-kaya naming mga babae,” she proudly proclaimed. Puno has been using agricultural practices such as mulching and pruning to make her crops […]

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