From a farm­hand to a suc­cess­ful agripreneur

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AN OR­DI­NARY FARM­HAND can be­come an agripreneur with sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion, pa­tience, and ded­i­ca­tion to achieve his or her pas­sion.

This is what hap­pened to Flo­rina and her hus­band Rolando Cruz of Barangay Ba­suit in the town of San Ilde­fonso, prov­ince of Bu­la­can. Af­ter be­ing an or­di­nary la­borer at a farm in their home­town for the past sev­eral years, Flo­rina tried her luck by start­ing as a small seedling sup­plier in her neigh­bour­hood. Ac­cord­ing to Flo­rina, she be­came a seedling sup­plier in 2011 by us­ing a small por­tion of their back­yard. She nar­rated that she and her hus­band had to work hard dur­ing that time to be able to sup­port their grow­ing fam­ily. But with per­se­ver­ance, they slowly, but surely, be­came what they are to­day: one of the suc­cess­ful seedling sup­pli­ers in their area.

Aside from sup­ply­ing the needs of their grow­ing lo­cal clien­tele, they now have to con­tinue ex­pand­ing their busi­ness to be able to sup­ply the seedling needs of sev­eral farm­ers from as far as Pan­gasi­nan and other prov­inces.

As the seedlings they cul­ti­vate grow, so too does their busi­ness. From just a small por­tion of a lot, the cou­ple now has sev­eral green­houses built on about 3,500 square me­ters of newly ac­quired land.

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to their mod­est abode, there was a sea of thou­sands of seedlings sprout­ing from hundreds of seedling trays in­side the green­houses—some of which were those they built while start­ing their busi­ness, and oth­ers the mod­ern ones that they con­structed while on their way to suc­cess.

De­spite their suc­cess, many would say that the hus­band-and-wife team has re­mained hum­ble and ac­com­mo­dat­ing.

Flo­rina even shared some of the se­crets that they used to cul­ti­vate the seedlings. They use Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer on their seedlings prior to de­liv­ery to their re­spec­tive clien­tele to pre­vent plant stress.

It was learned that since the or­ganic

The for­mer farm­hand now hires sev­eral work­ers to help him and his wife main­tain the qual­ity of their seedlings.

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