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Sorsogon agripreneurs earn Php 141k from fresh and processed vegetables

SORSOGON, February 17, 2022 – Twenty-eight (28) members of Tres Marias Vegetable Grower Association (TMVGA) earned Php 141,141 from selling various vegetables, a result of the Vegetable Production Project of the Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program.

During the onset of the pandemic, these home gardeners are growing vegetable crops for consumption in each backyard measuring 2,000-3000 square meters (sqm).

In 2020, they organized themselves as a group where they were granted a certificate of registration from the Department of Labor and Employment as an association.

Situated in barangay Tres Marias, Donsol, TMVGA was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of SAAD. The association president Mr. Manuel Alim offered his 1,600 sqm idle land as the group’s communal garden.

In June, the group received the Php 278,593.34 worth of vegetable project package which include 22 kilograms (kgs) of assorted vegetable seeds, 20 bags of organic fertilizer, 13 drums, 20 sets of garden tools, 133 pieces (pcs) of plastic trays, 7 rolls of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, 10 wheelbarrows, 2 rolls of plastic mulch, five units of knapsack sprayer, 506 pieces of rambutan seeds, 24 lemon seedlings, 16,600 root crops cuttings, and five bags of organic fertilizer.

Planting the vegetable seeds immediately in Mr. Alim’s land, three months later, the group reported an initial income of Php 13,288 in September 2020.

They market their products by putting up a Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita-inspired stall in their barangay. Members also sell fresh harvests to customers through a tricycle owned by TMVGA’s vice president, Ronald Bodegon, and a motorcycle possessed by Maricel Opiana.

As of December 2021, they accumulated Php 141,141 gross income from selling various vegetables (ampalaya, pechay, pipino, siling haba, sitaw, talong, okra, siling labuyo, kalabasa, gabi, upo, and patola) [Table 1].

Table 1.  TMVGA’s vegetable production income from September 2020 to December 2021

Products Quantity Unit of Measure Price/unit
(Php)
Gross Income
(Php)
2020
September
Ampalaya 11 kg 60.00 990.00
Pechay 54 kg 40.00 3,240.00
Pipino 12 kg 30.00 480.00
Siling haba 3 kg 60.00 300.00
Sitaw 16 kg 60.00 960.00
Talong 19 kg 60.00 1,140.00
Okra 15 kg 250.00 3,060.00
Siling labuyo 6 kg 40.00 1,500.00
Kalabasa 29.2 kg 10.00 1,168.00
Gabi 7 ties 10.00 70.00
Upo 14 pcs 20.00 140.00
Patola 12 pcs 20.00 240.00
Subtotal 13,288.00
October
Pechay 46 kg 60.00 2,760.00
Pipino 2.8 kg 40.00 112.00
Talong 18 kg 60.00 1,080.00
Sitaw 17 kg 60.00 1,020.00
Kalabasa 22 kg 40.00 880.00
Siling labuyo 5 kg 250.00 1,250.00
Ampalaya 15 kg 90.00 1,350.00
Patola 9 pcs 20.00 180.00
Kangkong 12 ties 10.00 120.00
Gabi 11 ties 10.00 110.00
Siling haba 7 kg 100.00 700.00
Subtotal 24,410.00
Grand Total 37,698.00
2021
February
Ampalaya 5 kg 90.00 450.00
Patola 8 pcs 20.00 160.00
Kangkong 12 ties 10.00 120.00
Gabi 6 kg 10.00 60.00
Siling haba 2 kg 100.00 200.00
Pechay 36 kg 60.00 2,160.00
Pipino 4.5 kg 40.00 180.00
Talong 26 kg 60.00 1,560.00
Sitaw 16 kg 60.00 960.00
Kalabasa 19 kg 40.00 760.00
Subtotal 6,610.00
March
Talong 21 kg 60.00 1260.00
Sitaw 16 kg 60.00 960.00
Kalabasa 14 kg 40.00 560.00
Pechay 8 kg 60.00 480.00
Siling haba 2 kg 100.00 200.00
Ampalaya 3 kg 70.00 210.00
Pipino 3.5 kg 40.00 150.00
Okra 1.5 kg 80.00 120.00
Papaya 18 kg 30.00 540.00
Siling labuyo 1 kg 250.00 250.00
Subtotal 4,730.00
April
Sitaw 13 kg 60.00 780.00
Talong 23 kg 60.00 1,380.00
Okra 5 kg 60.00 300.00
Siling labuyo 2.5 kg 200.00 500.00
Kalabasa 20 kg 40.00 800.00
Kangkong 12 ties 10.00 120.00
Ampalaya 11 kg 90.00 990.00
Pechay 32 kg 60.00 1,920.00
Pipino 11 kg 40.00 440.00
Siling haba 3 kg 100.00 300.00
Upo 16 pcs 10.00 160.00
Subtotal 7,690.00
May
Kalabasa 21 kg 40.00 840.00
Ampalaya 14 kg 90.00 1,260.00
Pechay 35 kg 60.00 2,100.00
Pipino 14 kg 40.00 560.00
Siling haba 4 kg 100.00 400.00
Gabi 5 ties 10.00 50.00
Upo 6 pcs 20.00 120.00
Patola 9 pcs 10.00 90.00
Sitaw 17 pcs 60.00 1,020.00
Talong 27 kg 60.00 1,620.00
Okra 5 kg 60.00 300.00
Siling labuyo 2.9 kg 200.00 580.00
Subtotal 8,940.00
June
Siling labuyo 3 kg 250.00 750.00
Kalabasa 33 kg 40.00 1,320.00
Talong 23 kg 60.00 1,380.00
Pechay 32 kg 60.00 1,920.00
Sitaw 13 kg 60.00 780.00
Ampalaya 15 ties 90.00 1,350.00
Gabi 7 ties 10.00 70.00
Monggo 1 kg 100.00 100.00
Subtotal 7,670.00
July
Talong 22 kg 60.00 1,320.00
Sitaw 17 kg 60.00 1,020.00
Kalabasa 34.5 kg 40.00 1,380.00
Pechay 37 kg 60.00 2,220.00
Siling haba 3 kg 100.00 300
Ampalaya 18 kg 90.00 1,620.00
Pipino 18 kg 40.00 720
Okra 7 kg 60.00 420
Papaya 5 kg 30.00 150
Kangkong 7 ties 10.00 70
Siling labuyo 2.6 kg 200.00 520
Subtotal 9,740.00
August
Sitaw 20 kg 60.00 1,200.00
Talong 24 kg 60.00 1,440.00
Okra 2 kg 60.00 120.00
Siling labuyo 3 kg 250.00 750.00
Kalabasa 19.6 kg 40.00 784.00
Ampalaya 10 kg 100.00 1,000.00
Pechay 30 kg 50.00 1,500.00
Pipino 12 kg 40.00 480.00
Papaya 21.5 kg 30.00 645.00
Siling haba 2 kg 100.00 200.00
Gabi 5 ties 10.00 50.00
Upo 20 pcs 20.00 400.00
Patola 6 pcs 10.00 60.00
Subtotal 8,629.00
September
Pechay 40 kg 60.00 2,400.00
Sitaw 20 kg 60.00 1,200.00
Talong 25 kg 60.00 1,500.00
Okra 3.2 kg 60.00 192.00
Siling labuyo 2.768 kg 250.00 692.00
Siling haba 3 kg 120.00 360.00
Kalabasa 5 kg 40.00 200.00
Papaya 15 kg 30.00 450.00
Kangkong 10 ties 10.00 100.00
Monggo 1 kg 100.00 100.00
Subtotal 7,194.00
October
Talong 34 kg 60.00 2,040.00
Sitaw 28 kg 60.00 1,680.00
Pechay 10 kg 60.00 600.00
Ampalaya 46 kg 90.00 4,140.00
Papaya 20 kg 30.00 600.00
Kalabasa 20 kg 40.00 800.00
Okra 4 kg 60.00 240.00
Pipino 5 kg 40.00 200.00
Siling labuyo 3 kg 200.00 600.00
Siling haba 5 kg 100.00 500.00
Subtotal 11,400.00
November
Sitaw 26 kg 60.00 1,560.00
Ampalaya 20 kg 85.00 1,700.00
Siling haba 1.9 kg 100.00 190.00
Okra 1.5 kg 60.00 90.00
Papaya 21 kg 30.00 630.00
Siling labuyo 2 kg 150.00 300.00
Kalabasa 16.5 kg 40.00 660.00
Talong 31 kg 60.00 1,860.00
Pechay 14 kg 60.00 840.00
Upo 12 pcs 40.00 480.00
Subtotal 8,310.00
December
Talong 18 kg 70.00 1,260.00
Sitaw 13 kg 60.00 780.00
Kalabasa 15 kg 40.00 600.00
Pechay 6 kg 60.00 360.00
Siling haba 1.5 kg 100.00 150.00
Ampalaya 4 kg 70.00 280.00
Pipino 2.5 kg 40.00 100.00
Okra 1 kg 80.00 80.00
Papaya 20 kg 30.00 600.00
Siling labuyo 1 kg 250.00 250.00
Subtotal       4,460.00
Grand Total 85,373.00
Gross Income 123,071.00

As the business manager, Ms. Opiana said that their bountiful vegetable harvest allowed them to innovate and produce value-adding products such as pickled cucumber, pickled papaya, chili paste, and kalabasa molido.  In fact, Php 18,070 income from these products was recorded (Table 2).

Table 2. TMVGA’s income from value-adding products (September 2020 – December 2021)

Date Products Quantity Unit of Measure Price/unit
(Php)
Gross Income
(Php)
September – October 2020 Kalabasa molido 45 pack  10.00 450.00
Pickled cucumber 6 jar  120.00 720.00
Subtotal 1,170.00
February – December 2021 Pickled Papaya 63 jar 100.00 6,300.00
Chili Paste 16 bottle  100.00 1,600.00
Pickled Cucumber 75 jar  120.00 9,000.00
Subtotal       16,900.00
Grand Total 18,070.00

According to Mr. Alim, 60% of the revenue from selling their vegetable produce and value-adding products was allocated for the salesperson and stall shopkeeper, 30% members’ share, and the remaining 10% is for land rental [vegetable stall] – more or less Php 1,000/month.

One of the members, Mr. Ronald Bodegon, shared that through SAAD, he was able to help the community by selling fresh vegetables at a lower price, especially during the pandemic. Also, from each members’ share, Mr. Bodegon was able to buy feeds for his five sows.

“Maraming pasasalamat, malaking tulong po talaga ang SAAD saamin. May ulam palagi ang pamilya namin. Kami lahat ay maraming nalaman kaya kitang kita naman ang kinalabasan ng aming asosasyon. Kami ay patuloy na umaasenso.”

[Thank you so much, SAAD is a big help for us. Our family always has food to eat. All of us have learned a lot, that is why it can be seen that our association’s outcome is growing continuously.]

Through the group’s perseverance, TMVGA is already known as an agri-supplier in the locality.

This year, they will continue to sell value-adding products using their excess vegetable harvests. They will also assist other beneficiaries who received vegetable and poultry projects from SAAD by buying their duck’s egg produce and vegetables. ###

 

Writers:
Pauline Trixia D. Borja, SAAD Program Sorsogon Information Officer
Angelica A. Blanco, SAAD RPMSO Information Officer

Sources:
Mary Rose Detera, SAAD Program Sorsogon Provincial Coordinator
Mark Joven Barja, Donsol Area Coordinator

Photos by: Pauline Trixia D. Borja

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