Six UNO-Rians from the School of Agriculture were granted Kapital Access for Young Agripreneurs (KAYA) loan to start their respective agricultural businesses.
KAYA is a project of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) available for individuals ages 18-30 years old with an “extensive business proposal”.
The KAYA grantees are Reymark Gentugao, Rommie Ravinne Gene Celebrado, Aleksan Maikro Patricio, Jessan Cabunsol, Carlos Raphael Catague, and Klint June King.
Their projects vary from livestock swine production, aquaponics farming system, and layer chicken egg production.
“KAYA aims to finance the capital requirements of start-up or existing farm or fishery businesses,” DA stated in an article published on their website.
DA Secretary William Dar said that the KAYA loan program encourages the youth to take part in agriculture and fisheries to “ensure affordability and availability of food supply.”
The grantees were able to apply and submit their business proposals with the guidance and help of the School of Agriculture faculty of UNO-Recoletos.
“KAYA loan program enabled me to execute what I have in mind as a future agripreneur. This gives me a tremendous opportunity to apply my scholastic learnings in the actual and practical part of agriculture which is “money-making,” said Reymark Gentagao, KAYA grantee with business on “Diversified Agri-Livestock, Feeds and Rice Dealer Shop”.
“As an aspiring young agripreneur. The KAYA program is a great opportunity to enter as young as I am into the livestock industry and run my own business to have a sustainable living”, said Rommie Ravinne Gene Celebrado, also a grantee of KAYA with business on “Livestock Swine Production”.