Teaching the T’boli to earn more from their harvests
The government should play a key role in uplifting the T’boli farmers’ lives by teaching them not just to harvest but how to add value to their products. This was the position of William Sy of Sebul Farm in Lake Sebu in a feature by Ako ang Kalikasan.
According to Sy, who not only runs his farm but processes his products before selling them in the market, he gets help from T’boli farmers but his business model is not limited to simply harvesting the produce.
“Walang pera dun (There’s no money there),” he said, referring to the harvest and sell model being practiced by local farmers. He said that he makes sure that the cacao he harvests are powdered or made into tablea before selling. The sili that he sells are dried and powdered, as with the rest of his products. He said that the government must play a key role in orienting the farmers on how they could earn more from their hard work.
He also said that he also practices sustainable farming strategies like the use of organic sprays and makes sure that he plants that also help keep the balance in Mother Nature. He said that as a business owner, he should set the lead in adopting these safe and eco-friendly practices so other businesses could follow suit. (ANGEL ONG)