Samar farmers learn how to become entrepreneurs

FROM FARMERS TO ENTREPRENEURS. Thirty-three agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from Calbiga, Samar graduate from the Farm Business School (FBS). The FBS aims to develop ARBs to become agricultural entrepreneurs by instilling in their minds that farming is a business. (Photo courtesy of DAR-Public Assistance and Media Relations Service)

CALBIGA, Samar – Thirty-three farmer-members of the Calbiga Vegetable Growers Association (CVGA) have become eager entrepreneurs after they underwent training in efficient, modern farming and marketing techniques to efficiently market and increase their production and income.

The 13 farmer entrepreneurs recently graduated from the Farm Business School (FBS) here which is funded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Thelma Alfaro, Program Beneficiaries Development chief of DAR-Samar, said the FBS aims to develop agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to become agricultural entrepreneurs by instilling in their minds that farming is a business.

“Training farmers to become experts in scientific farming and transforming them into entrepreneurs are among the major objectives of Secretary Conrado Estrella III. All ARBs are encouraged to join this training for them to produce more from their awarded lands and ultimately manage their agri-business enterprise like a pro,” Alfaro said in a news release on Saturday.

Farmers used to sell their harvests without knowing if they have profited or not, she said, adding that they also lack a sustainable marketplace.

“The training re-framed the farmers’ production-focused practices towards more entrepreneurial and market-oriented farming operations. They will now definitely earn more income from their new skills and farming ventures.

The farmer-members of CVGA completed the 25 sessions of learning in seven months. The training program includes hands-on tutoring on basic farm recording, bookkeeping, and accounting, as well as new farming techniques, starting from land preparation and planting to harvesting and marketing.

Ricky Antony Cardeno, one of the graduates from Barangay Macaalan, thanked the DAR for the opportunity to learn the different aspects of marketing their products.

For his active participation, dedication to his craft, and ability to provide solutions when problems arise, Cardeno was presented with the Mountain Mover Award during the graduation rites. (PNA)