Want to read about inspiring stories about farmers? These are featured in the November 2016 issue of Agriculture magazine which is now off the press. One is the story of Wilber Sabatchi of Mankayan, Benguet.
Wilber is a former OFW who worked for seven years as caregiver in Israel and four years as a factory worker in Korea. Today he is making good income from growing Red Star sweet pepper in his farm. He was inspired by the high yield of Red Star in his trial planting of 60 plants. From those 60 plants he was able to harvest 300 kilos that earned him P45,000. From then on, he fell in love with Red Star and has continued to plant the same to this day.
You will also read about Jimmy and Meriane Alcantara of San Rafael, Bulacan who are making money producing seedlings of vegetables and papaya for sale. Then there is the inspiring story written by Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III how the members of his clan converted a 34-hectare grassland into the Guerrero Farm and Nature Park in Talisay, Negros Occidental.
Dr. Guerrero writes that GFNP boasts of a spring-fed swimming pool, rest houses with private rooms, cafeteria, multi-purpose hall, and recreational facilities not only for daily or weekend visitors but also for corporate groups who wish to have workshops and team-building activities. At an elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level, one can overlook Bacolod City, the Guimaras Strait and even the Bacolod-Silay airport while enjoying the 20-22 degrees Celsius mountain air.
You will also read about another OFW who is enjoying and making money from farming. He is George Edrada of Cauplasan, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan. He is in love Violeta, the bicolor waxy corn distributed by Ramgo, one of the leading seed companies.
So there you are. Make sure to get a copy of the November issue of Agriculture magazine. It is available in bookstores and the outlets of Manila Bulletin nationwide.