Fulfilled! The actions of Edil Muyco, Manager of ARC http://agroecophilippines.org/beautiful-arc/ obviously shows how overjoyed he is after successfully creating excellent organic red wine from roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), a plant which is becoming more popular around the world for its anti-cancer and medicinal properties https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753332220303450.
Edil has effectively utilized the continuing lockdown period (he stayed at ARC 24/7 for the past 10 months) to think of practical innovations in farm productions and product processing which can’t exclusively benefit ARC, but especially those small-scale farmers out there who are facing poverty and hunger on a regular basis. Since he took the big responsibility (and sacrificing some personal comforts) 2 years ago, tangible improvements continue to happen in a 14-hectare farm under his daily supervisions, most noticeably in the aspect of increase crops diversification, seeds conservation, livestock, product processing and marketing, and regular income.
One of the recent fulfillments of Edil is the Roselle Wine which can now be bought at ARC and MALLING-KAWAZ Store in Davao City http://agroecophilippines.org/farmer-managed-organic-store-opens-today/.
This 50-something year old soft-spoken organic farmer commits to share (in line with our organization’s programs and values) his winning formula to those farmers who want to learn more about roselle. In fact, during our conversations yesterday morning, he said: “I’ll be going to Davao De Oro on December 19-20 to teach the farmers about roselle productions and processing.” “There’s no trade secret in this kind of work because our job is to capacitate the farmers,” he added.