By Christel Jane B. Felipe
Through the years, agriculture is one of the most successful sectors in the Philippines that continuously provide various opportunities to farmers. At the present time, farming is not just about a father working under the burning sun or a grandfather feeding his farm animals. Today, even women can now engage themselves in agriculture.
Agriculture is not about gender. It’s not about how old or young the farmer is. Agriculture is for everyone who are willing to love farming in order to live.
Through the years the agriculture in the Philippines has been improving through the continuous innovation of technologies and agricultural breakthroughs. On the other hand, the generation of youths today have a doubt on taking up agricultural courses because they are afraid on what the future awaits them if they take agriculture.
Radio remains to be one of the most effective means of building awareness, and supporting the adoption of new farming practices by small scale farmers. As the most popular mass medium, a program School on-the-Air (SOA) was designed to introduce complete package of technology of a commodity and other agriculture and fisheries related subject matter.
SOA on Good Agricultural Practices on Vegetable Production is a series of radio episodes, presenting the subject matter with systematic discussions.
Through the years, different organizations, may it be a government, non-government organization or private, provide assistance to a specific group of individuals. Assistance is usually provided for a specialized group like farmers, entrepreneurs, mothers, youth, among others, but seldom assistance is provided for the whole family.
While family is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant and peaceful community, it is necessary to be given attention in a holistic manner.
In today’s technologically-driven society, millennials seem to be more inclined to seek jobs in the cityscape. However, a group of young farmers in our countryside are stepping up, hoping to create a revolution by going against the grain and aiming for the sustainable.
Part of this group is 21-year-old Rudy Concepcion II of Cauayan, Isabela. For him, agriculture is key to securing the future of the next generations, despite what other young people might perceive of it.