SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training in Davao


With the holding of the 15th batch of “SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training” in Davao City, SM City allocated 5,000 sq. m. of land area in its property at the back of the mall to train residents  here on technologies that will improve their vegetable farming.

Cristie S. Angeles, project director for outreach program of SM Foundation who led the launching of its 15th batch of “SM Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training” said about 130 farmers are participating in the 2nd batch training, the first was composed of 100 farmers held in a farmlot in Marilog, this city last year.

She said this project is to empower farmers through season-long training on improved and doable agricultural technology conducted by Harbest Agribusiness Corporation (HAC) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and the City Agriculture Office.

Actual training started on July 21, 2009 up to October 2009 where the trainees completed 12 sessions and their training was capped with a Harvest Festival Continue reading

Reducing waste through charcoal briquette production


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)  is conducting a massive advocacy on reducing waste through its charcoal briquetting program that will at the same provide alternative livelihood and conserve forest resources.

Bonifacio A. Apura, regional executive director of DENR XI said they had introduced the technology to different sectors in the community saying that it generated good results although a lot of work still has to be done.

With the volume of garbage that is being produced and using the technology he said these waste products could be converted into charcoal of better quality.

He said the DENR charcoal is a solid fuel dervied from carbonized leaves, twigs, stem and other farm and urban wastes and compacted into briquettes.  The charcoal is easy to ignite and burns completely in at least 50 minutes.

He said with this charcoal it can lessen wood charcoal consumption of poultry farms, households and other domestic businesses. Every year these charcoal users consume about 5.4 metric cubic meters of fuel wood from the forest and woodlands or an equivalent of 1.35 million metric tons of charcoal.  And for every ton of briquettes produced, about 88 trees are conserved.

Citing comnparative analysis of the type of charcoal required per household Continue reading