Sunday, December 6, 2009

These factors raise group retailing profits to 30-40% for crops, higher for groups who operate eateries, on year-round basis. All capital contributors may expect 10-20% dividends every quarter, higher at export stage. NGOs may consign their farms’ production to scores of slum families for retailing of low-priced rice, corn, fruits and vegetables, or retailing thru snack booths and eateries. Employee groups (co-op members) may similarly consign part of their farm harvests to retailing slum families who operate roving carts and food booths within the groups’ residential areas. High margins ensure good continuous incomes for said slum families. Workers in the coop paddocks, farm services teams, guard teams, and processing sections may come from the slums. The NGO may reward its donors with part of its farming income (coop dividends and 10-30% consignment profits), so donors may spread the word around and attract a lot more donations.

Out of these visions logically emanate our Farms for Slums objectives:
1) Sell all our friends, relatives and acquaintances to the Farms for Slums plan as previously described.
2) Form our relatives and friends into groups that establish one or several farms as above described. High earning group members and relatives of Filipinos working abroad are expected to contribute more. Employee members may contribute part of savings or acquire low interest salary loans from SSS, GSIS, credit unions, state banks or other sources.
3) Campaign vigorously to popularize our Farms for Slums plan among 30 million Filipino employees and micro-entrepreneurs, plus Filipino groups abroad. Each group member may contact his relatives and friends (down to Elementary School level) and sell them all to the Farms for Slums plan. Group contacts in mass media, the internet, associations and clubs are also a great help. Target: get the help of politicians (thru mass voting potential) for easy co-op access to state lending programs.
4) Campaign vigorously over the internet to get NGOs, charities and Filipino groups abroad into joining the Program and setting up their own 10-hectare farms. Local hard-up relatives or trusted contacts in the slums may be chosen as farm caretakers.
5) After proving our farms’ success, set up similar farms at double the area per group. Success may encourage group members who love farming to set up their own family farms. Ideal farm size for a family farm that assures permanent middle class income is twenty hectares, provided the farm is linked to a co-op that provides farm machines and facilities such as previously described.
6) The success of vanguard groups’ co-op farms should encourage a major portion of the Philippines’ over 30 million employees to set up copycat co-op farms. The happy result: all the country’s 18 million hectares of currently bald high-slope uplands planted to trees, thereby helping to reduce global warming. Low-slope farm areas planted to sorghum, corn, rice and vegetables can also absorb tons of atmospheric carbon. Continuous planting of row crops thru strip cropping and foliar fertilization (which prevents soil degradation) ensure year-round greenery which absorbs tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per second.
7) Campaign vigorously among 30 million working masses and their families to pressure politicians (thru mass voting potential) into passing and promulgating a Loans for Mass Entrepreneurship Law. An LME law channels ten percent of taxes and state bonds (over P150 billion yearly) towards lending to joint ventures set up by thousand-employee groups and their foreign partners. The joint ventures must establish what shall become world-class companies selling planet-wide. Possible world-class industries arising from the LME law follow.

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