SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 27 (PIA) - The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) conducted a one-day consultative meeting with coconut farmers through its assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) on December 8, 2016 at the Claver Women’s Center in Claver town.
The meeting focused solely on the economic benefits and interests that coconut farmers can avail from the Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project CONVERGE), a joint endeavor of the DAR and International Fund for Agricultural Development.
IFAD consultant Ton Mercader facilitated the said consultation meeting and at the same time presented to the group the feasibility study on coco coir product processing.
The said meeting was participated by the DAR-assisted ARBOs that included Claver Coconut Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (CLACOFARMCO) of Daywan, Claver; San Isidro Multi-purpose Cooperative of San Isidro, Gigaquit; Cabugao First Farmers Agra Consumers Cooperative of Cabugao, Bacuag; and Mabini United Farmers’ Cooperative of Mabini, Placer.
Present also were the coco farmer-members of Pautao Coconut Farmers Association of Brgy. Pautao, Bacuag and San Antonio Women’s Association of Brgy. San Antonio, Gigaquit.
The said ARBOs represented the municipalities that comprise the CLAGIBAPLA (Claver-Gigaquit-Bacuag-Placer) clustered Agrarian Reform Communities.
According to Elmo Espinosa, manager of CLACOFARMCO, “being the lead ARBO, we are very happy and elated with the coming of Project CONVERGE in our area. It is a very big project and opportunity for the farmers in CLAGIBAPLA.”
“It will be a very big help to the farmers because of the direct additional income that it can generate that will at least help uplift the economic status of our coco farmers,” he added. (Daryll M. Tumbaga, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)