Teaching is always considered a noblest profession. Farming on the other hand, is the most essential profession. Farmers were said to be the lifetime heroes because they play a vital role to our agriculture industry. Their main job is to sustain the food production for every individual’s basic needs.
During summer time, rice farms are idle while waiting for the irrigation water. But in San Mateo Isabela, farmers are busy harvesting their Balatong at their rice farms.
San Mateo is dubbed as the “Munggo Capital of the Philippines”. Farmers here are practicing the ‘munggo after rice’ cropping system for years now. They have been doing this primarily to augment their income. The ‘Mungo after Rice’ cropping system has been proven as one way to attain sustainable agriculture.
“Rural women are key agents in achieving the transformation economically, environmentally, and social changes for sustainable development”. This truism fits the description of the Rural Improvement Club of Sta. Maria, Lal-lo, Cagayan.
“Manage time wisely; and make farming a leisure to enjoy and not a burden to carry”, says Arlene, a 45 year-old woman-farmer who owns and manages the Lopez Integrated Farm School located at Buenavista, Gamu, Isabela.
Driven by her humble beginnings, Arlene Nicolas Lopez, a secondary graduate, is married to Paquito “Paque” Lopez, Jr. from Negros Oriental and blessed with three children. Paque was a construction worker then and happened to work in Gamu, Isabela where they met. On their early years as a couple, Paque gradually loved farming while doing carpentry works.
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.
By Kristie Joy B. Bahum
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.