ATI Caraga Staff, LS Co-operators visit Davao Region farm sites

Mr. Benjamin Lao (standing), the owner of Ben Lao Integrated Farm Inc.
while giving the pre-tour briefing to the LS Co-operators and staff of
ATI Caraga during their visit on April 30, 2019.

Thirty-four Learning Site (LS) co-operators and staff of ATI-Caraga visited two of ATI Davao Region’s esteemed LS accredited farms as part of the itinerary of their expository tour entitled “Five-day Enhancement Training for Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) Co-operators and ATI staff” held on April 29-May 3, 2019.

The group went to Lao Integrated Farm in Bansalan, Davao del Sur and KWR Permaculture Farm in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, respectively, during their two days stay on April 30-May 1, 2019.

Mr. Benjamin Lao, the owner of Lao Integrated Farm Inc., personally briefed the group about his farm background, highlighting the farm’s farming system, technologies, and practices. He also shared the story of his humble beginnings as a farmer entrepreneur to raise encouragement for the visitors to pursue agri-business.

Subsequently, on May 1, 2019, the group visited KWR Permaculture Farm wherein they explored the farm’s vicinity along with the owner himself, Mr. Ronald C. Manching. During the farm tour, Mr. Manching imparted the procedures on how to make his renowned “kurambos enzyme”, an organic fertilizer produced from fermented kitchen wastes.

The group was accommodated for one night at the ATI-RTC XI dormitory in which they were warmly welcomed by ATI XI Center Director Dante G. Esguerra and the rest of the staff.