Two agricultural farms in Capiz, namely Xerxes Integrated Farm and Martin’s Integrated Farm, sought assistance from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program 4.0-Innovation-Enabling Fund (SETUP 4.0-iFund) to improve their overall operations.

Xerxes Integrated Farm, originally named Cyris Freerange Farm, started as a home-based business with only one (1) rooster and five (5) hens acquired from a neighbor. Presently, the farm breeds eight different types of chickens and also keeps quail.

Martin’s Integrated Farm, on the other hand, focuses on pinakbet vegetable production and has expanded its cultivation to include other vegetables, bananas, poultry, and fish. The firm also processes ginger-turmeric tea and banana chips. The farm has been accredited as an Agri-Tourism Site in Capiz by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Recognizing the increasing demand for their products, both farms understand the importance of increasing production capacity and improving product quality. By embracing innovation, they are well-positioned to meet the growing demands while consistently exceeding customer expectations.

To formalize their partnership with DOST VI, the owners of the two farms have recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOST Capiz Provincial Science & Technology Office (PSTO).