A TOTAL of 118 victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda from the towns of Guiuan, Mercedes and Salcedo in Eastern Samar have trained on growing high-yielding vegetables and are now planting their own crops.
The season-long training was under the auspices of the SM Foundation which has been conducting similar trainings in many parts of the country for more than five years now. This is the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program.
The Eastern Samar trainees used to depend on rice and coconut, and on fishing. But their crops were wiped out by Yolanda and their fishing boats destroyed. Now, many of them are growing vegetables as an alternative source of income.
A group of farmers put up a one-hectare vegetable farm planted to string beans and root crops in their barangay. Some them have their own backyard vegetable gardens and they said they no longer depend on relief goods for their sustenance.