DAGUPAN CITY – SM Foundation, in partnership with the city of Dagupan, is set to launch its “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” Farmers Training Program on January 20 at Zone C in Barangay Mangin to benefit at least 100 farmers.

The program is also in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Harbest Agribusiness Corporation (HAC).

John Mark Managan, HAC field instructor, announced the project when he met Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and City Agriculturist Emma J. Molina on January 12 at the city museum.

The program provides 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.

Managan disclosed that the 12 training sessions to be provided by the program include lectures on seed sowing and harvesting using the technology used in Taiwan for 10 different crops in  ‘pinakbet dish’, fruit vegetables, among other crops.

“The training is for free courtesy of SM Foundation and Dagupan is the 128 batch to receive this free service for the farmers starting from 2007,” said Managan.

Managan added that SM Foundation will also help the farmers market their products at SM Malls during the harvest season,   the marketing side of the project.

Fernandez welcomes this great opportunity and hails SM Foundation for choosing Dagupan farmers to be recipients of its program for 2017. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Jan. 12, 2017)