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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

6 yKalinga young farmers receive over P.4M start-up funds to pursue proposed agri-fishery enterprise

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Six young farmers in Kalinga are now secured of a start-up capital to pursue their proposed agri-fishery enterprise after being chosen as provincial winners of the Young Farmers Challenge — Start-up open category.

The Young Farmers Challenge is a competitive financial grant assistance program for youth who will and are already engaged in agri-fishery enterprises.

The start-up category, meantime, is for youth who have the desire to start their own agri-fishery enterprise with viability and profitability potential.

Under the program, the six provincial awardees are guaranteed P80, 000 in financial grants each.

Provincial winners in said province are Jerald Encollado of Rizal, Dare Dulawen of Bulanao, Tabuk City, Janine Camtugan of Agbannawag, Tabuk City, Youngin Tagpao of Lacnog, Tabuk City, Angelica Baraquio of Lanna, Tabuk City, and Rheden Jay Racraquin of Bulanao, Tabuk City.

At the regional level of the competition, seven winners will be chosen as the best implementers and will receive P150, 000 each. There are 24 provincial awardees in the Cordillera region for this year’s competition.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Cordillera, winners of the regional competition will represent the region at the national level and will have the chance to be chosen as the top 12 outstanding youth awardees.

A financial grant of P300,000 cash awaits winners of the national-level competition.

In an interview, Tagpao, one of the provincial winners, expressed his gratitude to the implementing agencies, saying that just being selected as one the winners is already a big opportunity.

“Kas maysa nga napili iti daytuy nga programa dakkel yaman ko ta babaen daytuy ket maitultuloy iti panag-adu ti sumaruno nga young farmers ken umadu pay ti ma-encourage iti farming nga mabalin a maisabay iti anya man nga trabaho tayo,” he stated.

He then urged his fellow youth to not lose interest in the farming industry since this is the source of food for every Filipino family and can even become a source of income so long as you have the passion and diligence.



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