CABAGAN, Isabela. Among the national entries to the National Gawad Saka search are the outstanding young farmer and outstanding young farmers’ organization categories. They are Bill Joe Bei-lan of Tubongan, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya and TYAGA 4H Club of Annabuculan, Amulung, Cagayan, respectively.
The ATI Region 02 documented the success stories of these two entries in video.
Mr. Bill Joe Beilan narrates that being a 4H club member opened door of opportunities for him to explore more in farming. A high school graduate who was once a Sangguniang Kabataan official, and now a 4H Club president, a learning site cooperator, a facilitator of the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar or Senpai of the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ), a role model and a young farmer.
He was a recipient of the 10-month training in Japan under the Young Filipino Farmer Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ) in April 2015 to February 2016. This made him more confident to be a scientific farmer.
He hosted six adopt-a-4H youth and YFFTPJ trainees from different regions. He shared to them his practices in integrated farming system and his technology in producing vegetables from land preparation to post-harvest operations.
Meanwhile, the TYAGA 4H Club is a group of youths who joined together to venture in different agri- and non-agri-enterprises. The TYAGA 4H president shares that the club helps the youth of their barangay to get away from vices, instead, make their time productive and being active partners of the barangay council of Annabuculan. This is acknowledged by the Barangay Captain saying that since the organization of the 4H club in their barangay, zonal gardens in every purok was established and maintained by this group. He further said that the 4H club are their partners in conducting clean and green program, sports activities, and animal vaccination, among others.
National evaluation for these two categories is expected this coming months. Win or lose in the national evaluation, they are confident to be successful in their own businesses and in continuously influencing other youths to develop passion in agriculture and be a role model.