When Edwin Jimenez, 61, of Mabilo, New Washington, Aklan, decided to stop using chemical pesticides, he did not only get higher yield and a premium price for his produce. He was able to cut production costs while continuously innovating and creating ways that would also benefit his fellow farmers and the environment.
Edwin has been into farming for the last nine years, taking charge of the 1.6-hectare family-owned farm which was initially planted to fruit trees and vegetables. Two years ago, he went into rice farming. In between farm works, he devotes part of his time to the family’s refrigeration and air-conditioning business in Kalibo, which is a few kilometers away from his farm.