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Agri-Kapihan is 24 years old

July 29, 2010


July 28, 2010, 5:59pm

The 24th anniversary of the Agri-Kapihan was celebrated together with the 10th anniversary of the radio program Kaunlaran sa Agrikultura last Sunday at the courtyard of radio station DWWW in Quezon City.

We started the Agri-Kapihan on August 2, 1986 and has been going on since then. Today, it is held every last Sunday of the month as a project of the radio program Kaunlaran sa Agrikultura which is aired every Sunday from 4:30 to 7:30 in the morning.

The Agri-Kapihan has gone a long way in promoting improved farming practices to both farmers in the countryside as well as hobbyists in the urban areas.

The Agri-Kapihan is not a formal organization that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is just an informal group but which has been functioning better than a SEC –registered firm. There are no officers in the Agri-Kapihan so there are no elections that could engender heated rivalries among aspiring officials. There are no fees charged of attendees so that there is no money to quarrel about. Anybody who is interested in agriculture is welcome to attend Agri-Kapihan. He can come in anytime and leave anytime.

When we started Agri-Kapihan in 1986, we never thought that it will last this long. All we had in mind was that the Agri-Kapihan will serve as a meeting place for people interested in farming. The exchange of ideas could provide inspiration for people to pursue their own agricultural projects.

At the Agri-Kapihan hands-on farming experts are invited to share their own experiences in their own line of specialization. For instance, Jojo Baldia is often invited as a resource person in aquaculture.

Dr. Rene Sumaoang, a microbiologist, is often asked to talk on organic fertilizers and the use of beneficial microorganisms.

True enough, there are many examples of new ventures that were put up because of ideas that were hatched at the Agri-Kapihan. One of them is the Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI) which was established in 1996 aimed at developing weekend markets for farmers and at conducting lectures and seminars on timely topics on farming, fisheries and other livelihood projects. The AANI Weekend Market at the Food Terminal Inc. in Taguig City is providing selling areas for more than 200 stallholders. It also has operations at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The AANI has now become an advocate of organic farming. It is operating its own organic farm in Antipolo City which also serves as a training center for people interested in organic farming. Another activity of AANI is conducting farm tours. It will soon conduct a farm tour at the Platinum Island Farm in Tanay, Rizal which specializes in organic farming. Among those that were previously visited were the Real Fresh Dairy Farm of former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., the organic farm of Ronald and Josie Costales in Majayjay, Laguna; the Pangasius project of St. Martha’s Farm in Teresa, Rizal; the Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal; and the farm of Pol Rubia in Candelaria, Quezon.

Long-time attendees of the Agri-Kapihan like Tony Rola have helped Roberto Bacsal, CEO of radio station DWWW, start Kaunlaran sa Agrikultura, a weekly agricultural radio program aired every Sunday morning, 774 khz on the AM band, from 4:30 to 7:30. The radio program has adopted the Agri-Kapihan as its own project, holding the same every last Sunday of the month. Kaunlaran sa Agrikultura is hosted by Tony Rola, Nina Manzanares-Agu and yours truly. The radio program has segments on fruit trees, ornamental gardening, success stories, livestock and poultry, tractor and farm machinery and others.

During last Sunday’s Agri-Kapihan, noted singer Noel Cabangon was invited and rendered four very inspiring songs that were warmly applauded by the attendees.

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    December 15, 2010 9:19 pm

    Plessure to read here every day!

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