WE had a most fruitful first session of Sundays With Zac Sarian on June 16, 2019 at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. This is a free forum where we share our own experiences and ideas that we have accumulated during the long years that we have covered agriculture. Most of the attendees are professionals who are aspiring to go into farming as well as others who already have their own farms.
We gave practical pointers on topics like buying a farm that include the importance of water source, accessibility, peace and order situation in the locality. We also cited the importance of starting small and using one’s own savings to fund the project initially. If possible, borrowing from the bank should be avoided, especially if one can borrow from relatives or close friends who will not require any collateral. But one has to repay on time whatever loan he makes. One has to be hardworking, disciplined and knows how to save and invest his savings.
We also shared the strategies of successful agri entrepreneurs which are of course too long to delve on them here. Attendees like Willie Menor and his wife Jeannie shared their own experience of buying their own farm in Cavite when the price was still relatively low. We emphasized that when one is going to start a farm, he should plan carefully and choose a crop or farm animal as his farm’s flagship product. In the case of the Menors, they have a diversified farm but their flagship produce is rabbits. They are very successful in their project and they have a lot of customers.
By the way, Dr. Rene Sumaoang also attended. He is a microbiologist who is into organic fertilizers, probiotics for livestock and poultry, sheep raising, and manufacture of fermented vinegar and patis for a big supermarket chain. On July 14, he will be at the Sundays With Zac Sarian to teach attendees how to produce their own vinegar thru fermentation and not with synthetic ascetic acid. As usual, attendees will be limited to 20 people who must register at 0995-584-9155. Only five slots are open for this session.
For the Sundays With Zac Sarian on June 23, we will focus on Success Stories in Agriculture. The 20 slots are now taken. There are a few more slots for June 30.