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The wonders of networking

March 18, 2010

Agri Plain Talk


February 10, 2010, 2:52pm

Farming is just like any other business and one winning strategy is to develop one’s network with similarly agriculturally-inclined individuals.

This means creating friendship with people engaged in various lines of endeavor in the field of agriculture. This means developing links with people who could be helpful to us or people who could also benefit from what we know.

Just like if you have a friend like Julie Hipolito who runs a broiler farm in San Juan, Batangas. By knowing her, you will be able to buy chicken manure at a much lower price than from other sources. For instance, she only sells a sackful (a big B-Meg feed bag) of chicken manure at only P13. That’s not even half the price of other manure suppliers that we know.

It is also wise to develop friendship with people who are into natural farming like Andry and Jojie Lim of Davao City, or Armand and Tere Saniano of the Earthkeepers of Tiaong, Quezon. You can learn from them various ways of making fermented plant and fruit juices that could be used for fertilizing vegetables and fruit trees. One of the best things we are thankful for having developed friendship with the Lim couple is their teaching us to make our own energy drink.

We find the energy drink more potent than the commercial energy drink we have been buying from the drug store. This is the fermented juice of carrot, cucumber and kinchay or Chinese celery. The fermenting agent is muscovado sugar. Fermenting time is just seven to 10 days.

How do you develop your own network? You can do that by visiting farms, joining farm tours here and abroad, attending trade shows, joining free as well as paid seminars, reading books magazines and other publications.

At the lecture we conducted recently in a garden show, not a few attendees were able to network with Remy Rodis Santelices who has a new organic foliar fertilizer that is really effective. As per our own experience, the fruit trees we have sprayed weekly are growing very well. The rambutan and durian trees are flowering ahead of the usual time.

One major event you should attend if you are in fruit production is the forthcoming Mango Congress on February 24 to 26 in Lingayen, Pangasinan. There you can network with various players in the mango industry. Two others are the AANI farm tour to St. Martha Farms and the Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal, on March 7.

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