Firm sets up school farm program to help farmers

MANILA, Philippines — A Pangasinan-based agricultural firm has launched a school farm initiative to help farmers hone their craft.

Our Farm Republic (OFR) is an integrated and diversified farm which aims to promote modern farming techniques and best practices to boost farmers’ harvests, company founder and head Lea Santiago said.

With the support of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program, the OFR seeks to stamp out “gawat,” the traditional practice of farmers borrowing money to buy food for their families, Santiago said.


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