“Kapatid Agri-Mentor Me Program”

Ending the first month of 2018, Go Negosyo sa Radyo host DJ Faith Salaver was joined by Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar (Go Negosyo, Adviser for Agri-Development), Arsenio Bacelona (Founder, Harbest Agricultural Corp.) and Elizabeth Canson (President, Kauswagan Farmers Association Inc.) in a discussion about the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program.

An offshoot of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) Program, the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) aims to help scale up agri-workers from farmer cooperatives across regions through intensive modules for business and entrepreneurship with the aid of expert agri-business practitioners.

Through the partnership of Go Negosyo and the Department of Agriculture, the program was launched last July 2017 and ran until December 2017. “For 2018, we are targeting about 1,500 cooperatives to undergo the Kapatid Agri-Mentor Me Program,” said Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar. KAMMP, in partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform, was also launched this January which targets Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBO) as their beneficiaries.

In this week’s episode, Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar shared that one of the biggest challenges for smallholder farmers is the lack of knowledge in the subjects of obligations and contracts, new farming technologies and financial management. This in turn can be overcome through the program’s intensive modules for business and entrepreneurship.

She also highlighted that one of the benefits of joining KAMMP is being mentored by Agripreneurs themselves. The knowledge from the experiences of these agripreneurs are easily understood as they are relatable to the farmers. “Agriculture is a great community builder, when you’re able to help the smaller cooperatives to expand and grow they in turn will be able to help small farmers in their area,” Ginggay said.

For KAMMP Mentor Arsenio Barcelona, KAMMP extends beyond being just a mentoring program. He shared how what started as a conversation between Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and friends led to a family of mentors with a passion to help aspiring agripreneurs.

“When you are a mentor in the Go Negosyo-DA, or the Go Negosyo-DTI program, you are actually also part of a whole family with a strong passion for helping out and teaching and in a way giving back,” Ginggay echoed.

One of the people who have greatly benefited from KAMMP is Elizabeth Canson from Matagob, Leyte. Canson was one of those affected by supertyphoon Yolanda which rendered her farm useless. But what inspired her to seek mentoring are the farmers who were left with nothing. “Naisip ko tulungan yung mga farmers doon, kasi hindi nila alam kung paano sila aangat sa buhay, sinisikap ko na makilala yung mga taong pwede makatulong sa amin,”
she said.

She also shared how KAMMP’s lesson on Business Improvement Plan really helped her in running her farm. “Meron na kaming plans sa farm pero hindi namin ma-implement yun kasi hindi klaro yung mga plans namin. Sa KAMMP gumagawa kami ng business improvement plan, natutunan ko yung business model canvas at talagang sinusunod ko iyon,” Canson said.

Moving forward, Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar shared the goals of the program this 2018. Modules for the KAMMP program with DA will continue until December while deployment for DA and ATI will be launched on February. Aside from the 1,500 target mentees for the program this year, it will also engage the mentees with money and market partners from Go Negosyo. Hontiveros-Malvar emphasized that aside from mentoring, you must also help them with the linkages between money and market to ensure success.

To know more about the Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program and how to be a mentee, visit Go Negosyo’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gonegosyoofficial/