Rural enterprises, infra projects for implementation by IFAD

news reg 1 pix 1 aug 7 2017The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) mission team recently conducted an implementation support mission to discuss various projects with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the growth and empowerment of farmers in Agusan del Norte.

During the visit, the mission discussed several projects for the DAR’s poverty reduction program through the Convergence for Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment project (ConVERGE) funded by the IFAD.

The IFAD mission team visited the farmer-groups in TUJAKITSAN Cluster composed of farmers belonging to 21 agrarian cooperatives in Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega said project ConVERGE would provide various rural infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads that will open up economic opportunities of agrarian reform beneficiaries and farm-workers in TUJAKITSAN ARC. 

The mission team met with the officers of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO), the lead organization of the 21 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations in TUJAKITSAN assisted by the project ConVERGE.

IFAD Country Program Officer Jerry Pacturan validated the various sub-projects that include Support for Farm and Enterprise Development (SFED) and Rural Infrastructure Investments under the Integrated Smallholders Agricultural and Rural Enterprise Development (I-SHARED) Component.

Pacturan said the SFED is comprised of farmer production improvement, value addition and diversification, market and investment facilitation and rural finance facilitation. 

Mr. Jason Lim of Ching Bee Corporation expressed willingness to help SIUFMULCO in area of financial support if the supply of abaca will increase due to the abaca production expansion funded by ConVERGE. 

“I will increase the trading capital if the cooperative is seen to double their abaca production soon,” Lim said.

Lim said Ching Bee has been in partnership with SIUFMULCO for several years now. “We have provided the ARBO with capital worth P5 Million per week to be liquidated thru delivery of abaca fiber of 200 tons per week.”

Based on the latest available data from DAR Provincial Project Management Office (PPMO), the total direct beneficiaries of the project to include capability development intervention is about 1,586 of which 893 are agrarian reform beneficiaries  (ARBs). 

The IFAD mission team visit was headed by IFAD Country Program Officer Jerry Pacturan; Central Project Management Officer Faisar A. Mambuay; Regional Project Management Office headed by Engr. Felix B. Aguhob and staff. (Gil E. Miranda) 

Photo: DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega (standing) welcoming the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Mission Team. In the photo are (L-R) Caraga Regional Project Director Felix Aguhob, National  Project Director Faisar Mambuay, Project Consultant Mr. Gomer Tumbali, and IFAD Country Program Officer Jerry Pacturan.

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