Field of Dreams: The Jafaith J Manapsal Success Story

Do you see twentysomethings working in a farm? The Philippines is bound to have a shortage of farmers. Most farmers are now in their old age, and few youngsters are entering this profession.

One of this special few who embrace agriculture is Jafaith. Jafaith Jamero Manapsal is from Pugwan, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. Jafaith’s mother got his name from her “faith in God for the happiness of the family” when their first child was born in January 10, 1993.

As a child, Jafaith loved to help at his uncle’s farm during weekends and holidays. He enjoyed watching the chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigs as he kept their food and areas fresh.

In college, he took up a Nautical course at Misamis University in Ozamis City for only two years, after which he shifted to Criminology and stopped altogether after one semester. Since he stopped schooling, he is now focusing in working in his farm.

Today, Jafaith works in his 1.10-hectare rice field, where he plants corn during the dry months. He also continues his routinary work in the piggery and poultry farm. Being inspired in agriculture, he’s planning to enroll in the upcoming school opening and will be now be majoring in agriculture.

Aside from supporting agriculture by attending Department of Agriculture trainings, Jafaith is also active in community service and civic organizations. He has been a member of the Cathlea 4-H Club in his barangay for four years up to the present.

Agriculture must be Jafaith’s line of expertise since in 2016, he was awarded as the Outstanding Young Farmer/Fisherfolk in the Gawad Saka Search Regional Level.

This 23-year-old has grown to love his work and continues to venture agriculture even more.