KSK Harvest Festival In Olongapo

The graduation of the trainees was highlighted by a one-day
sale of their harvest at the SM City Olongapo. Photo shows
the Katutubo graduates selling their harvest of vegetables.
Officials of the SM Foundation, SM City Olongapo and Harbest
Agribusiness at the KSK Harvest Festival in Olongapo City. Toto
Barcelona of Harbest Agribusiness is at center. Also in photo

are Cristie Angeles of SM Foundation, Nyneth Mortel, Theresa
Pereyra and Marven Paul Mercate, all of SM City Olongapo.

A total of 97 farmers and residents of Barangays Gordon Heights, Barreto and Sta. Rita in Olongapo City finished their training on improved vegetable production under the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program of SM Foundation. The training which is continuing in different parts of the country is in collaboration with Harbest Agribusiness headed by Toto Barcelona.

The graduates underwent 12 weekly sessions that culminated on June 14, marked by a one-day harvest festival that was also highlighted by a one-day selling of the trainees’ produce at SM City Olongapo.

About half of the trainees consisted of the indigenous tribe popularly called Kulot. The trainees underwent hands-on experience in preparing the soil, germinating the seedlings, planting them in the plots and taking care of them. In the process, they learned about the proper techniques of planting, watering, pest and disease identification and their prevention and control, and many other techniques in production and postharvest handling.

The trainees planted a wide variety of vegetables on a 5,000-square meter property belonging to Richard Sklar and his wife, Arlene U. Sklar. The vegetables planted included ampalaya, cucumber, eggplant, tomato, upo, sitao, squash, melons, honeydew and others.

The Olongapo batch of trainees was the 40th in a series of trainings conducted in the last five years. Meanwhile, the 43rd batch was recently launched in Brgy. Ligaya in General Santos City.

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