Higaonon Youth: “There is money in farming”

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“As an agriculture graduate, I thought that I’m fully equipped with all the knowledge about farming but I was wrong. Through this training, I’ve learned that there is money in agriculture. I have also learned that it is not how huge/large area we till but rather how we utilize it to produce quantity with good quality and with lesser cost of production.” 

This was stated by Norman Razalo, a son of one of the beneficiaries of the Climate Resilient Agriculture Community Project of the DA-ATI after he, together with other project beneficiaries who are all members of the Higaonon Tribe, visited four ATI-accredited Learning Learning Sites last year.

The first farm they visited was the Buhian Diversified Farm in Initao, Misamis Oriental, a 1.2 coconut-based integrated diversified farm owned by Kagawad Edgar Buhian who is also an engineer. During the visit, Kagawad Nemia Penita Buhian (wife) emphasized to the visitors the importance of diversification and making sure that the enterprises that the farm engage in bring daily, monthly and yearly incomes.

The second farm visited was the Balay sa Hardin, an organic medicinal and culinary herb garden located in Iligan City. The farm also produces free-range chicken and other livestock and is owned by Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Fernando. The farm is becoming a popular venue for those who want to enjoy organic, healthy and tasty food.

The participants stayed overnight on the third farm located in Hoyohoy, Tangub City. The Hoyohoy Stone Chapel Organic Farm is owned by former Governor Leo Loreto Ocampos. The farm has also ventured into free-ranged chicken in the uplands, herbs, and ducks. During the farm tour, Gov. Leo, as he is fondly called, taught the participants how to increase the potency of organic concoctions that they are using on their farm. He also showed his lettuce grown using hydroponics.

The fourth and last farm visited was Queensland, an herb farm under a coconut plantation located in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte. Fruit trees such as durian, lanzones, rambutan, and mango are also found inside the farm. Their free-range chicken is a hit to local residents. The farm is owned by Ms. Ellen Rosario.

Source: ATI – Northern Mindanao

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