(I am publishing this in toto. It was written by one of our beneficiaries of GUGMA (Go Urban Gardening: Making food Available), our flagship program in support to Secretary Dar's #PlantPlantPlant and #UrbanAgriculture call. Our GUGMA (Or love in Cebuano) recipients still have many stories to tell. We will be featuring some in the next few weeks.)
At the age of 18, Christian B. Naman is earning an average of 200 thousand pesos net income per year from his tilapia and hito production and breeding.
Christian started working on hito production and breeding all on his own at the age of fourteen. The intricacies of the process of hito spawn induction of egg hatching for fries using its pituitary gland need delicate handling and enough patience.
When you first meet Malic, you’ll feel intimated and just a bit fearful because he is big and tough. He is an embodiment of a true and proud Muslim warrior. Add to that the stories of his “exploits” when he was still young, idealistic, and living in war-ravaged Kauswagan.
He had a rough start at first. His affiliation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gave him a bad reputation for being an insurgent opposed to the system of the law. The life he led when he was still active in the movement was full of secrecy and evasion. He had no interest in farming before since he was preoccupied with handling ammunitions and armories rather than farming implements.
As a champion in attaining world peace and justice, Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana, is known for deflecting bullets using her unbreakable bracelets and Lasso of Truth to combat criminals and fight evil doers. Her contribution to the Justice League, a group of superheroes doing good for mankind makes her an invaluable member. What Diana can do, Amenah S. Taratingan can also deliver. The difference is that the latter fights for peace with a different kind of approach---farming.
Since the days that the current millennial – and younger generations – were children, they were told that farming is a job for the poor. That one should only consider farming as a last resort to earning a living.
The result of such thinking has had dire consequences across our country. The Bible verse that says, “…the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” apply both figuratively and literally in our country where the average age of a farmer settles at an alarming 57 years of age.