Philippines: Grower in Lipa City shows benefits of hydroponics and aquaponics

Reimond Silvestre is the general manager of the South Bend farm in Lipa City, Batangas, which belongs to the SEC-registered company Ielements Group Inc. 

Prior to his career in farming, Silvestre earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Beda College and successfully passed the board exam. He gained experience working as a business consultant and auditor at an accounting firm, as well as a technology consultant for system application products, and eventually became a business seaport manager.

Despite his diverse professional background, Silvestre believes that the business-oriented mindset required for successful farming is similar to his previous roles. However, he opted for a unique approach and established a farm from a corporation, distinguishing himself from traditional farmers.

Inspiration for developing a farm
Silvestre's inspiration for developing his farm stems from his family's love of exploring plantations and agricultural landscapes during their travels around the Philippines and abroad. As avid wine drinkers, they also sought out vineyards to appreciate not only the wine but also the care and harvesting of grapes. Silvestre was particularly inspired by the beautiful settings of vineyards, which enhanced the wine-tasting experience.


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