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LEAF 2018 MODERATOR IN FOCUS: Raphael Teraoka Dacones

Raphael Teraoka Dacones is the Chief Farming Officer of Teraoka Family Farm - a 200 hectare farm in Mangatarem, Pangasinan, Philippines and is recognised as an industry leader in organics and teaching organic farming techniques. Teraoka Farms was a traditional family farm until Raphael - noticing that people were becoming more conscious of where their food comes from and what they were eating decided to venture into organic farming in 2014.

Teraoka Family Farm supplies restaurants and wholesalers in Metro Manila, ranging from restaurant franchise to high-end restaurant chains. Prior to taking control of the family farm, Raphael worked at a design firm in Tokyo, Japan, and is part of various organic farming groups in the Philippines.

Raphael is this year’s “Gawad Saka Outstanding Organic Farmer of the Year” for his region, Region 1.

Teraoka Family Farm is also an accredited Private Extension Service Provider for the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), and accredited TESDA Assessment Center for Organic Corp production. Aside from this they are an accredited Farm Tourism site by the Department of Tourism.  However Teraoka Family Farm’s biggest achievement is to be the first and only certified Organic Farm in Region 1.

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