Mangarita Farm is an initiative of Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya,
Inc. (SIBAT) to efficiently carry on its mandate in promoting sustainable
agriculture in Philippine rural communities. It is meant to provide
a learning venue for farm technologists and local farmers.
as a technology extension center, it likewise hopes to demonstrate
technologies on crop and animal integration including diversification
while highlighting the economic viability and ecological soundness
of sustainable agriculture.
these operations are carried out in the small farming communities
of Manga and Sta. Rita in Capas, Tarlac.
This involves improvement, conservation and dissemination of
organic seeds to farmers. Vegetable and rice seeds undergo performance
trials and are conserved in situ and in appropriate seed storage
This comprises the main products of the farm that caters to
the mainly Manila-based organic niche market. The vegetables
are grown using only biofertilizers and natural spray preparations
- free from chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides. Care,
maintenance and handling of the vegetable crops ensure that
standards for crop production are strictly adhered to.
A total of 3 hectares are primarily allocated for organic rice
production. The direction of organic rice production is to test
technological and economic changes in a conversion process of
conventional rice farming system. This has been attributed to
rural situations wherein rice farmers are reluctant to undertake
drastic changes in their chemical-based production methods.
The facility will ensure the continuous production of bio-fertilizers
to be used in the farm and on rice production areas. The facility
also produces biological spray formulations such as indigenous
microorganisms and other plant-based preparations for fertilization
and pest management.
Ducks, native chicken, goats and swine currently comprise the
animal stocks in the farm. The rearing methods being developed
are those which are in compliance with organic system. The farm
envisions to producing and formulating the required feed needs
of the animals which will also be in conformity to organic standards.
It also hopes to improved grades of animal stocks.
The fishpond is integrated into the farm to produce fish (e.g.,
tilapia, dalag and hito) reared through organic means. It is
now integrated in the duckery for algal growth and fertilization.
An indigenous farm house serves both as training venue and accommodation
for guests and visitors. This facility can accommodate a small
number of trainees and apprentices on sustainable agriculture
as part of the education and outreach to farmers.
and Silungan Garden
Herbal garden is also established featuring locally grown herbs
and medicinal plants. The small patch will eventually be processing
herbal medications and health supplements. The production will
be landscaped next to the Silungan to doubly serve as relaxation
area for the mind.
and Marketing Support
The farm also conducts organic training seminars for interested
farmers and assists in marketing of their organic crops. The
production system ensures compliance to the national organic
For further inquiries, please contact:
PEDRO AURELIO DELA CRUZ
Mangarita Farm Manager /
Enterprise Program Coordinator
Brgy. Manga, Capas, Tarlac
Telephone: (02) 928-8316
Cellular phone: 0919-2101698