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SM Foundation trains farmers
Friday, June 21, 2013
Sun Star By Maria Elena Catajan


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Farmer empowerment in the province is underway by a giant mall here.
 
SM Foundation Incorporated (SMFI) assistant vice president Cristie Angeles led the launching of the “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers Training Program,” Thursday morning empowering over 200 farmers in the province.
 
Angeles with Arsenio Barcelona, president of Harbest Agribusiness, led simple launching ceremonies here in partnership with the Benguet State University (BSU), Benguet Province, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Agriculture (DA).
 
The project is a season long training for small scale farmers on the commercial production of vegetables to reach high end markets.
 
Conducted by Harbest and various government partners, the project aims to empower farmers through training on improved and doable agricultural technology. 
 
DSWD identified local farmers to be included in the free training in order aimed to uplift their livelihood as well as to infuse new technology.
 
BSU demo farms will be the site for work for the farmers as well as the training of new technology in the coming months.  
 
SMFI and Harbest Agritech have implemented KSK projects all over the Philippines for the past years.  
 
Farmer participants are obliged to complete the 12 weekly training sessions with each session tackling the sequential education of farming starting from planning the farm, seeding, proper ventilation, water management, pest control, infection management, greenhouse, and harvesting.
 
The launching ceremonies were graced by DSWD-CAR Regional Director Leonard Reynoso, Marilyn Sta. Catalina of the DA, and Luciana Villanueva, vice president for Research and Extension.

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