A Day of Growth

Agritalk 2018 brought together agriculture enthusiasts for a day of learning
By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

After its success the previous year, Agritalk returns for another day of cultivating the minds as well as encouraging eager agri-enthusiasts. The seminar held at the Agriculture Training Institute in Quezon City last September 28 focused on crop and animal production.

The participants of Agritalk 2018.

Topics discussed were Goat Production, Square Foot Gardening, Creating Organic Concoctions, Mushroom Production, and Exotic Fruit Trees.

Self-taught farmer Honorario Cervantes returned this year and spoke about the progress and challenges of square foot gardening. He also shared his experience on how he got into farming after being in public service for years.

Emma Tolentino’s talk on making homemade organic concoctions enlightened the full house in front of her.

Other speakers were Robinel Ocampo, a science research specialist, who introduced the benefits of going into goat production; and Emily Soriano, the former project leader at the Mushroom Technology and Development Center, who shared her knowledge about mushroom production.

Lastly, Agriculture Monthly’s Editor-in-Chief Zac Sarian spoke about exotic fruit trees and the wonders you can get from them in terms of flavor, size, and produce.

Bridging Two Generations

Present among the crowd was Antonio Q. Codilla Jr., an agri-enthusiast who has been attending seminars sponsored by ATI for as long as he can remember. 

According to Codilla, the seminar is more than just a chance to teach farmers or ranchers about the trade; it is also an opportunity to help the younger generations learn about agriculture from experts on the field.

“Malaking bagay [itong Agritalk] lalo na para sa mga upcoming generations at para sa mga kabataan na walang masyadong alam sa agriculture,” Codilla said.  

Answering Challenges with Opportunities 

Agriculture Monthly’s Editor-in-Chief Zac B. Sarian during his talk about Exotic Fruit Trees.

During an exclusive interview, Sarian disclosed that there are many ongoing problems with the country’s agriculture industry particularly the supply and demand which lead to a food shortage. 

Sarian sheds some hope on the situation by stating that these problems also open new opportunities.

“Maraming problema ang agriculture pero marami ding opportunities kung marunong kang mag-solve iyong mga problema…Basta may problema, may pagkakataon,” Sarian concluded.  

Agritalk presented numerous opportunities in agriculture that people can venture on–as long as they have the right approach to do so.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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