As the Lifebank’s CBE continue asserting its role on empowering sustainable agriculture, the SEP (Social Enterprise Program) team and the SAP (Sustainable Agriculture Program) team went to University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna to explore food processing innovations and marketing strategies.
Mr. Leopoldo Mitra, 59 years old, born in December 31, 1951, is an Ikabuhi Microfinance Program (IMP) member whose main source of income is farming. He owned a 9000-square meter of land that is being used for growing crops which is in Iba O’ste, Calumpit, Bulacan. He was married to Mrs. Josie Mitra and they have a daughter and 2 sons namely Paula, Paulo and Jhon Poul Mitra.
If the word has the suffix -cide in it, then you know it’s about killing something. Pesticides are designed to eliminate insects, fungus, bacteria and other things that fed or nuisance on crops. Farming is a business and some of the farming companies are bottom-line entities in business to make money at any cost. Pesticides are being used to ensure that they will get the crop yield demand every season, no matter how it affects the environment and as well as the consumers.
Yoly Riguer’s husband was diagnosed with liver disease, gall bladder stone and fatty liver. For her, this was a big challenge and she believed that it happened because God has a purpose for her to deal with. They reach the help of traditional doctors but it was a failure. Somebody told them to seek some help of an alternative medicine and then she realize that most of the disease came from the food that we intake and how the way we live. Then, she decided to commit on planting on their land by means of organic approach.
Mr. Martirez shifted to organic agriculture in 2000 after attending a training on agroforestry production and post-production system conducted by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). Since then, he had attended several trainings on organic agriculture where he learned more about sustainable farming strategies that he applied in his own farm.
iRelief Foundation is a non-profit organization established to give support to underprivileged individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by calamities and disasters in hard to reach areas. To extend assistance to affected farming communities, the foundation crafted another project for rice farmers – the technology transfer of Organic SRI (System of Rice Intensification).
Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning “fermented organic matter” which was first advocated in 1935 by the Japanese philosopher Mokichi in Okada, Japan. Aside from providing nourishment to the plants, it also helps in restoring and enhancing the nutrient content and essential microorganisms in the soil.
Dagyawan – a Visayan word that represents the Filipino Bayanihan spirit. The term also refers to the bayanihan group activities of the beneficiaries of iRelief Foundation that help the farmers in their practice of organic SRI technology.
Mr. Mauro started as a conventional farmer in 2009 and shifted to organic farming in 2012. His shift to organic-based farm practices is not only motivated by the opportunity of gaining higher profit and higher productivity but also by his desire to advocate for healthy living and sustainable agriculture .
Maribeth Cardano, born in July 17, 1955, is an Ikabuhi Microfinance Program (IMP) member whose main source of income is farming. She owned a 5000-square meter of land that is being used for growing crops which is located in Matictic, Norzagaray, Bulacan.
Hardening is “a treatment that makes the tissues firm to withstand unfavorable environment like low temperature, high temperature and hot dry wind.”
Base sa pag-aaral ng mga eksperto sa Ramon Magsaysay-Center for Research and Extension Services, mayroong apat na natural na pamamaraan upang masugpo ang mga pesteng instekto.