Agrostudies graduate Anthony Abena from the Philippines, graduated from the program last year and has been using the knowledge he acquired in Israel to establish a successful business.
Abena interned on Kibbutz Yehiam where he learned to operate and build greenhouses and net houses. He learned the design and modified it back home to create a large papaya plantation, using modified net houses.
Abena: “This net house design can withstand a 260kmph wind velocity. They protect from the wind and from direct sunlight.”
Currently the net house papaya project has already 3000 seedlings, a very nice start. Abena and his business partner Rodolfo De Gusman have plans and ambitions to reach a scope of 30,000 seedlings. In the meanwhile he is using the area left to plant honey dew melon as an intercrop and is already working on a sales and distribution plan. The team has a deal with the local government in central Luzon for some of the seedlings and they plan to expand to sell not only seedlings, but fully grown papayas and quite soon.
Of his time in Israel he says: “I’m proud to say I finished my internship at his company (Yiftah Haspel, Kibbutz Yehiam), I thank him for everything I learned from his company”.
We wish Anthony Abena and his partner the very best of luck.