A former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) has found he can make as much money by growing vegetables in his hometown as when he was working abroad. The fellow is Wilber Sabatchi of Mankayan, Benguet.
For 7 years, Wilber Sabatchi worked as a caregiver in Israel and four years as factory worker in Korea. He did not realize that the P40,000 to P50,000 monthly salary that he received abroad could as well be matched by his income from growing bell pepper.
When a technician of a seed company introduced to him a new variety of bell pepper, Red Star, he just planted 60 seedlings. He chose to start small so that if he failed, it would not be too painful.
What happened? Lo and behold! He harvested 300 kilos from the 60 plants which earned him P45.000. He sold a kilo at P150.
The successful small trial prompted Wilber to plant 5,000 seedlings of Red Star on 1,000 square meters from which he made a profit of P150,000. .
Wilber says he enjoys enjoys farming not only because it gives him good income but also because he is at home in the company of his loved ones.