One is in Badiangan, Iloilo, the 95th batch consisting of 128 farmers from Badiangan and surrounding towns of Mina, Janiuay, Pototan and Dingle. Ephrapath Farm, a private farm in Brgyu. Sariri, Badiangan is the venue of the training.
BACOLOD – The 96th batch is in Bacolod City, the fourth in that city where the program was launched about 5 years ago. A total of 145 farmers are participating.
FOCUS – The focus of the training is on vegetable farming as the participants are being prepared to be agri-entrepreneurs in the future. This, aside from ensuring that each of the participant’s household will have food on the table.
Many of the previous trainees have formed associations or cooperatives and are now vegetable suppliers to supermarkets. For instance, the KSK Lambunao Organic Vegetable Growers Association which is composed of KSK Lambunao 2014 batch has been selling their produce to Ephratah Farm. The association started their small high-value crop production after their completion of the training. As of today, the group boasts of being able to produce one ton of Red Lady papaya weekly, providing a big help to the local farmers.
THE KSK PROGRAM – The Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program is a continuing undertaking of SM Foundation in collaboration with Harbest Agribusiness which provides the technical expertise.. The training lasts for three months, enough to immerse the farmer trainees from start of planting up to harvest time. The foundation hopes to achieve their target of training some 100 batches by the end of 2015.