Graduates of SM Foundation’s “Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program” in Negros Occidental show their produce at the Harvest Festival held in Lux Mundi Farm School, Hacienda Binitin in Brgy. Blumentritt, Murcia, Negros Occidental. This was a day before the graduation program at the SM City Bacolod.
Among the farmers who participated in the three-month training are beneficiaries of the PPP program of the government. When the training was launched, local government officials attended and shared their vision for Murcia as a self-sufficient municipality with agricultural development.
Simultaneous with the dual-tech agricultural training provided by Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, the farmers were also provided with entrepreneurial skills training by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The KSK Farmers’ Training Program was first launched in 2007 in Bacolod City. Thousands of farmers have been trained under the program and are now successful vegetable growers, earning handsome income from their ventures.