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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

18 young farmers in Kalinga awarded P.7M start-up capital

Updated: Sep 4, 2022

Tabuk City, Philippines – Some 18 provincial winners of the Young Farmer’s Challenge Program 2022 in Kalinga were awarded a total of P750,000 start-up capital in a ceremonial awarding held Wednesday, August 31 in Guisad, Baguio City.

The said program of the Department of Agriculture is a nationwide search to encourage Filipino youth to begin their career in agri-preneur. YCF likewise intends to bring out ideas among the youth to help their proposed industry prosper and promote food sustainability.

A total of 11 Kalinga agripreneurs with own enterprises were declared as provincial winners, thus receiving P50,000 each while two groups got P100,000 each.

Individual winners, according to the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services, are Cris Reshon Guiral with a business proposal of “Solar-Powered Urban Circulating Aquaculture,” Patrocinio Telan with “Devine's Vermi-Bell and Hydrophonics Enterprise,” Aimee Gaddao with “AIMs Mulberry and Cocoon Production,” Mayume Gerlaban with “Mayumi-Jay Vegetables Seedling Enterprise,” and “Edison Adora with Ambot’s Eco-Farm.”

Also among the winners are Domingo Bayog Jr. with “Bamboo’s Huevo Farm, Jared Jae Onnoman with “Inandila D Ykalinga,” Julie-Ann Alunday with “Hog Raising,” Joseph Luminio Jr. with “Kalinga Native Chicken Agriventure,” Manuel Fontanilla with “Fonta's Profitable Quial Egg Production and Processing,” and Peter Dave Bielza with “Conventional Broiler Production Livestock and Chicken Dressing.”

Meanwhile, composing the two groups are Sheea Vee Guyao, Hanagail Baliwag, Roxan Sulca, Junilaine Gin Apatas, and Hazel Daligdig with a business proposal of “Modern Integrated Organic Farming;” and Danny Joe Perona and Crisdale Dollente with “DanDale’s Rabittry.”

The cash grants provided to the provincial winners will be used as start-up capital to convert their agribusiness venture ideas into reality.

The local winners will further enter the regional round where a financial grant of P150,000 awaits at least seven awardees that will be chosen.

According to DA, the regional level will cover four categories, including production or enterprise engaged in production of crops, livestock, poultry, fisheries or aquaculture, agri-fishery inputs and fabrication of farm machinery; processing or transforming, packaging, sorting or grading of agri-fishery commodities into products; digital agriculture or digital technology in providing tools or services for the improvement of farm or fishery production and processing; and supply chain business solutions or services for innovative marketing and logistics solutions that directly link producers with markets in support of sustainable food systems.

Those who will make it to the regional search will advance to the national level where young agripreneurs have the chance to get additional P300,000 cash grant each.


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