SM Foundation Inc., together with Harbest Agribusiness Corp., led the “Harvest Festival” in Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City, Cebu.
Over 90 farmers from Barangays Lagtang and Jaclupan completed the 12-week training under SM Foundation’s Kalabalikat sa Kabuhayan farmer’s training program (KKFTP).
The farmers were trained on different methods and technologies for effective backyard farming by the foundation’s program partner, Harbest Agribusiness Corp.
Some 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables were grown by the participants in their demo farm.
The KKFTP also aims to up-scale the technology of planting and getting the standard produce of vegetables and fruits, which are readily sold at the main market.
The harvested crops include watermelon, honeydew, cucumber, eggplant, sweetcorn, among others.
A day after the festival, the 94 farmers attended their graduation ceremony at SM Seaside City Cebu in South Road Properties, Cebu City.
The Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan was also supported by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the City of Talisay.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 27, 2016.
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