The genuine smile on the face of John Raymund T. Jurada shows a strong sense of great fulfillments this young organic farmer has already accomplished, personally and socially. He started with rice breeding when he was 12 and now that he is in his 20s, Bobet as he is popularly known by the people, has developed 20 resilient and good-quality rice lines/varieties grown (and shared) by many organic farmers and well-liked by the increasing no. of consumers due to its color, aroma and taste.
He proudly named his bred lines JTJ which obviously bears the initials of his full name. One of which, JTJ-2, is being marketed at a very affordable price by BUSAFO http://agroecophilippines.org/the-social-benefits-of-consuming-organic-rice/, the organic farmer’s organization in their community to the consumers in North Cotabato and in Davao City, made much easier now by the Social Enterprise Program of Agro-Eco Philippines http://agroecophilippines.org/farmer-managed-organic-store-opens-today/.
It was great seeing him once again when we dropped by for few hours at his uncle’s house in Buayan, Mlang on a rainy Sunday (yesterday) afternoon before heading off to Cagayan de Oro. And it was also a good opportunity for us to take pictures of his bred rice.
Read his life story http://agroecophilippines.org/he-made-the-right-decision-of-his-life-become-a-farmer/ and watch him trains other young farmers http://agroecophilippines.org/kids-4-sdgs-rooting-for-childrens-rights/.
John Raymund is not alone. The daughter of Eugenio Geraldo http://agroecophilippines.org/eugenio-geraldo-organic-farmer/ and the children of Isaac and Mercy Lendio are doing the same. Their stories will be published in the future.