Nueva Ecija farmers complete organic farming training


CABANATUAN CITY — Some 73 farmers from Bongabon, in the province of Nueva Ecija, recently completed agricultural training focusing on organic farming and ‘agripreneurship’.

Agricultural training is part of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program of SM Foundation Incorporated (SMFI).

The foundation pointed out that “if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.

SMFI leaders, led by Assistant Vice President Cristie Angeles, said the foundation believes in the saying because it touches the lives of farmers across the country through its KSK program for sustainable agriculture.

On March 11, 2022, farmers from Peza and Ariendo barangays in Bongabon graduated from a 14-week agricultural training program.

Angeles said the program does not end when they graduate. She said this was just the beginning for their continued support. “Gusto naming kayong makitang magtagumpay and ito ang inyong simula.”

Ian Ezekiel Balao, SM Regional Operations Manager, said SM will also provide more opportunities for KSK graduates through the upcoming KSK Pop-up booth where farmers can sell their produce.

“We are opening our doors to provide the productivity and sustainability needed to improve the way of life of our farmers through this KSK pop-up kiosk. This component of the program has not only ensured food security for SM’s clients, but it has also provided economic opportunities during this difficult time,” Balao said.

To boost this multi-stakeholder approach, SMFI strengthened its partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in 2019.

This program has provided scholarships focused on NCII Organic Crop Production and NCII Crop Production to nearly 1,500 KSK grantees nationwide.

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