When Dr. Gary Garriot of Winrock International visited NOGROCOMA recently, we had a farmers’ meeting. Typhoon “Crising” left in its wake rotten onions damaged by the rain. It was at that meeting when a farmer shared his feeling about this debacle. He said the onion farmers are technology-savvy. He knows how to take care of his onions. Given the experience and NOGROCOMA’s never-ending technology seminars, once he plants his onions, giving proper nutrients and care, in 90 or 120 days, he can produce onions ready for the market. It is only when nature shows its wrath through this so called “climate change” do we find ourselves in a quandary. All the four months of hard work gone to waste. Because the months of April and May are traditionally harvest months, a time when the heat of summer is necessary for harvesting. But our climate has changed that and we are unable to adjust. His heartache is evident.
NOGROCOMA has been identified as a food enterprise able to meet the challenges of globalization. It will be featured as one of 24 case studies of food enterprises all over the world. Winrock has been working for the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation for the project.