SM helps 142 Bulacan farmers towards sustainable agriculture

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One hundred forty two farmers from six municipalities in Bulacan recently graduated from SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Training program held at the event center of SM City Baliwag. Sharing the victory are partners from the Provincial and Local Government, Departments of Agriculture and Social Welfare and Development, Harbest Agribusiness, SM Supermalls and SM Markets.

 

BALIWAG, Bulacan, June 2 (PNA) — One hundred forty two farmers coming from six municipalities in Bulacan completed a 12-week training program of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan in this town on Friday.

Some of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan participants coming from 6 municipalities in Bulacan readily went onto the field to execute plastic/film installation during their day 2 training at JBO Farm, Matangtubig in Baliwag. The said technique is considered as a modern type of technology in farming. These and more, are the various learnings discussed during the 12-week farmers training conducted by service provider Harbest Agribusiness Corporation.

In partnership with the Provincial and Local Government, Departments of Agriculture and Social Welfare and Development, Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, SM Supermalls and SM Markets, the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Graduation ceremony was held at the event center of SM City Baliwag. On the same occasion, farmer graduates also had the chance to participate on an hour tour around SM Hypermarket to observe the operations and product presentation of fruits and vegetables in case they decided to be one SM’s suppliers.

Among those who successfully completed the program were participants from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino or 4Ps and small farmers who went on hands-on training, and lectures on growing safe and sustainable crops, vegetables and fruits, in their backyards.

The training also provided input on how aspiring farmers could become entrepreneurs, amidst economic challenges, and changing weather conditions.

Its harvest time for the hardworking farmers of SM’s Training Program in Baliwag. The 12-week lecture and training in high value crops taught aspirant farmers on how to grow safe and sustainable crops amidst economic challenges, limited planting space and resources, and changing weather conditions.

In 2017, SM’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan yield 201 farmer graduates in the City of San Jose del Monte. Senator Cynthia Villar, who was then the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, graced the event.
The senator stressed the lack of mechanization as one of the causes of non-competitiveness of our farmers.

“We are solving the root of the problem, which is the lack of technology, lack of mechanization, lack of financial literacy, and lack of ability to access social credit” Villar said.

Prior to Graduation ceremony, a Harvest Festival was held at JBO Farm at Matangtubig in Baliwag. After harvesting, the KSK participants were divided into groups and compete in friendly parlor games and cooking competition using their produced high-value vegetables. (RONDA Balita Online News)

Participants meticulously learns Seed Sowing, the method of proper seeds arrangement with the use of seedling tray during the SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers training in Baliwag. Among those who successfully completed the program were participants from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino or 4Ps and small farmers.
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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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