Dagupan farmers  harvest watermelons, honey dew melons

June 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – This primarily aqua farming city harvested recently watermelon and honey dew melon..
Chito Macapagal, a member of SM Foundation board of trustees, said the harvest of these fruits and other vegetables happened because of the technology provided by the partner-agriculturist of the foundation.
 He said not all who go farming need to be a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
 “This is to demonstrate what they can do. Nag usap sila na ano ang tataniman. Masasayahan kayo kung ano ang resulta ng pagtatanim,” he said.
Macapagal said the livelihood program provided for farmers by SM has three objectives –  food security;  to create an economic opportunity for them and harness their skills; and to teach them some technology.
He said the culmination of the graduation of the 100 farmer-students held at SM City Rosales in Pangasinan was the May 16 harvest festival in Barangay Mangin here.
The partnership between the Foundation and this city’s Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, dubbed as “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” farmers’ Training Project” started on January 20 at the farm of Kagawad Darwin Aquino at Zone C in Barangay Mangin here. It  benefited at least 100 farmers.

The SM Foundation’s program executives coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Harbest Agribusiness Corporation (HAC) for the project.
The program provided updated and effective technology to farmers on backyard planting and small-scale farming techniques for fruits and vegetables for an improved quality as well as quantity of their crops.
John Mark Managan, HAC field instructor, said the 12 training sessions that were provided in the program included lectures on seed sowing and harvesting using the technology used in Taiwan for 10 different crops in  ‘pinakbet dish’, fruit vegetables, among other crops.
Managan said this city is the 128th benefiary to receive this free service for the farmers starting from 2007.
The field instructor added that the Foundation will also help the farmers market their products at SM Malls during the harvest season.
The SM Foundation will also help market the crops at the local market here.
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