“We’re happy because we won’t be bothering our neighbors anymore.”

It was a warm Tuesday, but twenty farmers and residents of a remote village in Talakag, Bukidnon endured the scorching heat and lined up under the booth of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon to receive their much-awaited knapsack sprayers as beneficiaries of the Livelihood Seeding Program-Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PBG).

Like most of the residents in the community, farming has been the way of life for these beneficiaries.  “Sukad pa sauna, pananom, mao na ang panarbaho (Even before, farming has been our work).” One farmer-beneficiary shared shyly before he made a quick exit after receiving his knapsack sprayer.

Cassava, sweet potato, string beans and bitter gourd were just among the fresh produce they have been cultivat-ing not just for their own consumption but also to sell in neighboring barangays including in Talakag Public Market.

CultivatingWhile this may look like a comfortable routine, the farmers have their own setbacks with lack of fertilizer as the main issue. This limits their farming activity, leading them to rent knapsack sprayers from their neighbors for P100 per day to help curb their concern.

“Usahay dili pahulam. Dili pa-abang (Sometimes they won’t let us borrow. Sometimes they won’t let us rent it).”

Their patience and continuous dedication of their farming livelihood eventually paid off as the twenty beneficiaries received their own knapsack sprayers from DTI Bukidnon during the regional launching of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) in Sitio Kibulag, Barangay Lantud, Talakag, Bukidnon on June 30, 2020. Aside from the equipment distribution, the beneficiaries also underwent entrepreneurship seminar.

Another batch of beneficiaries are scheduled to undergo an entrepreneurial mind-setting and organic farming seminar to be conducted by DTI provincial office in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Bukidnon to increase their knowledge on new farming techniques and/or technologies. The remaining beneficiaries will also be provided with livelihood starter kits after the series of seminars.


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