AFTER a successful first season last year, Magsasaka TV, the weekly TV show about “embracing agribusiness and tourism through the immense possibilities and power of farming,” is back for a second season every Sunday on a new network.
“We wanted to bring the show and all it stands for to a bigger station in order to reach a bigger audience,” Soliman Alaer “Dexter” Villamin, Jr., founder of DV Boer Farm International Corp. and the show’s showrunner said in a January press conference.
Magsasaka TV aired on the government-run PTV-4 in 2018. It now airs every Sunday, 5 a.m., on DZMM Teleradyo.
The show’s second season, hosted by Dexter Ganibe and Mr. Villamin, will feature “places and faces in vast farmlands over the country,” including some of the hundred or so sub-farms under the DV Boer Farm umbrella. A segment of the show is also dedicated to showing developments in the farming industry including best practices and new technology.
Mr. Villamin said their aim is to promote food security and encourage more people to consider farming opportunities in order to create “self-sustaining communities” and “provide livelihood to alleviate poverty among the underprivileged,” said a press release.
“I realized the irony behind the fact that many Filipinos were trying hard to be able to work abroad when in reality, greater opportunities thrived in their naturally very rich native land,” he said on the farm’s website.
The show’s first episode, which aired on Feb. 17, showed the beginnings of DV Boer Farm and its founder. Mr. Villamin worked as a pastry chef in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand before trying his luck at agriculture and raising Australian Boer goats in an 15-hectare farm in Lian, Batangas in 2014. Now, it is a successful commercial stud farm for goats, and raises a variety of animals including sheep and grow different crops. It has over a hundred sub-farms some located in Sorsogon in Nueva Ecija.
“We call [the farm] an agricultural resort, you can learn a lot of things about farming — livestock farming in particular,” Mr. Villamin during the show’s first episode. — ZBC