The Cebu Provincial Government will present the success stories of farmers in its seventh Farmer-Scientist Training Program (FSTP) this month.
Capiol Consultant and FSTP Leader Dr. Romulo Davide said that at least 10 farmers will be sharing their best practices in their own post-FSTP courses.
Davide loved to call these farmers as “napugos ug kadato” (forced to get rich) through the FSTP.
One of them was Rolando Delima of the City of Naga. Delima is a former construction worker in Cebu City. But he left his work for good after he attended the FSTP courses of the Cebu Provincial Government.
Delima now is a farmer-entrepreneur-politician with an average annual income of Php 120,000. He served his first term as a kagawad in Barangay Patag, City of Naga.
“So we have now a list of those farmers who have income of at least Php 100,000 annually,” said Davide, 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee.
Dr. Roldan Saragena, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said the success stories should also encourage other farmers.
The theme of this year’s province-wide FSTP congress is “Empowering Farmers to Go into the Business Farming.”
Saragena said Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will be the keynote speaker during the event.
One of the objectives of the event is to demonstrate to farmers the use of farm machineries to improve their farm production and income.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III will be giving his pronouncement of all-out support to the farmers under the FSTP program.
At least 2,000 farmers are expected to attend the congress, which will be held at Enan Chiong Activity Center, City of Naga on October 23.