MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–Twenty-five members of the Higaonon tribe in Sitio Kalhaan, Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental were trained to identify herbs, their respective uses, how to properly propagate them, and soil media preparation in a recently conducted training on organic herb production, utilization, and processing. The three-day activity was organized in partnership with GreenMinds Incorporated, a Private Agriculture and Fisheries-Extension Service Provider (PAF-ESP) partner of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).
The training will also help them make the most of the land they have and add value to their goods, making them more valuable and profitable. It also wants to get people in the community to grow more herbs so that they can sell them fresh or make money from them.
“Gamiton gyud nato ni nga kahibalo aron masulbad ang kalisod dere sa Sitio Kalhaan. Kini nga training, para sa ako, dako kaayo ni ug tabang para mu-asenso ang Kalhaan. Opportunidad ni nga gihatag sa ato, ilabi na sa mga pamilyado sama sa ako. Magpasalamat kita nga naay nag-giya dere sa ato. Ug tungod ani nga kaalam, dako ang posibilidad nga mapahuman nako akong mga anak ug pa-eskwela pina-agi sa pagpamaligya ug pag-proseso ug mga herbs ug uban pang maka-ayo nga tanom”, says training participant Arnel Lainay.
For the herb identification and classification discussion, 25 different herbs that can be used in food and on the skin, such as mints, basil, manzanilla, citronella, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, and more, were used as examples. During their hands-on demo, the people getting training made teas, water with herbs in it, juice, pesto, and medicines made from herbs.
Tribal beads maker Dolayna Kalyan also saw business potential in herbs processing, saying, “Akong plano sa akong nakat-unan ani nga training sa organic herbs, nakita nako nga kini dugang sa akong panginabuhian, kay tungod nakita nako nga dako kini og tabang kung mananom ko ug para gamiton para sa ilimnon or haplas.”
Greenminds Incorporated CEO Datu Makadingding served as the resource person, while Lonalyn Amper Sulatan was the project officer and resource person as well.
Greenminds Incorporated is a self-sustaining, people- and service-oriented organization devoted to promoting organic agriculture, sustainability, and the preservation of the environment.
The said training, March 7–9, 2023, is also a training capability enhancement training in support of ELCAC-PRLEC Batch 1. (ATI-10/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)