Issue of July 26, 2009
     
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Trained Tuba farmers to sell crops to buyers in giant mall
by Harley Palangchao

TUBA, Benguet – Some 94 residents of Sitio Mangga in Camp 3 here graduated from a three-month farmer’s training and were assured that their future high value crops will be sold to suppliers of SM City Baguio and its sister malls in the country.
 
 Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan and SM Supermarkets vice president Gloria Cudala, SM Foundation Inc. project director Cristie Angeles, and Tuba mayor Florencio Bentrez led the ceremonial harvest of the high value crops planted by some of the farmer beneficiaries during the training. 

Among the high-value crops planted by the farmers which were harvested last July 23 were bitter gourd, sweet corn, cucumber, squash, beans, eggplant, lemon, tomato, and papaya.

Fongwan said that the residents who trained are fortunate that they already have high-end market outlets for their crops that is why he urged them to sustain the volume of crops being requested by SM Supermarkets suppliers. 

He said that the Benguet Provincial Agriculture Office in coordination with the Tuba Municipal Agriculture Office should complement the training as he also requested the farmer beneficiaries to share what they learned. 

Bentrez advised the farmer beneficiaries not to immediately think of instant huge profits, saying that it would take time before they would realize gains of the training. He also shared the view of Fongwan that SM would make good of its promise to ensure the sustainability of the program.

The three-month training cum livelihood program dubbed Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training (KSKFT) project under SM Foundation Inc. aims to empower residents in the rural areas through technology transfer and hands-on field practice with their farms serving as an open classrooms. 

Cudala, for her part, informed the farmer beneficiaries that SM Supermarkets through the suppliers will patronize their respective crops as she iterated that the management of the biggest mall in the country is sincere in helping farmers, especially those in the countryside.

SM Foundation Inc. project director Cristie Angeles said that part of the training is organizing the farmers to possibly form a cooperative and elect their leaders who will also act as liaison officers. 

Other components of the training are basic bookkeeping, accounting, and simple back office operations to make them adept at handling their own finances and capital outlay. 

The KSKFT program was first launched in Bacolod City and the program proved to be successful with countless farmer beneficiaries able to improve their lives.

 
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Pull out of lethal pesticide pushed

Firm supports efforts to curtail pesticide misuse

Tabuk to pilot regional economic dev’t program

Micro–entrepreneur from Kalinga invited to SONA

Kalinga BIR office ups tax collection

CAR records over 20,000 jobs – DOLE

Ban to Afghanistan, Iraq urged by gov’t

DA awards Gawad Saka to rural group

Hike in Benguet cold chain project utilization fee eyed

Public market vendors moved

DAR selects Pasil, Rizal, Tinglayan for ARISP III

Council approves policies on coops livelihood fund

BIR, CBAO discuss policies that cater to PWD’s needs

Bangued satellite market now open

OWWA helps 100 displaced OFWs

Dads approve revised Baguio Tourism Code


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Baguio Country Club
Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc.
Congressman Mark Go
Data Center of the Philippines of Baguio City, Inc.
Department of Health – CAR
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Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong
Pines City Colleges
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SiTEL
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Social Security System
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Albergo Hotel and Residences
Baguio Center Mall
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Congressman Nestor B. Fongwan
Curamed Pharmacy
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John Hay Management Corporation
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
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