SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan – In a demo farm in Brgy. Lipit-Tomeeng, San Fabian, Pangasinan, Batch 115 of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program kicked off their graduation ceremonies with a harvest festival.
The trainees enjoyed brisk sales of their harvested fresh produce which some market vendors bought wholesale. Representatives from marketing companies scouting for new vegetable suppliers were also present.
Finishing the 12-week sustainable farming training program were 104 farmers who were joined by six students from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries and agriculturists.
The KSK program which was launched in Bacolod City in 2007 by the SM Foundation in collaboration with Harbest Agribusiness, aims to empower small vegetable farmers and provide them with a viable source of livelihood. From the initial 102 graduates in Bacolod in 2007, the number of farmer graduates number 12,750 nationwide today.