DAR raises the value of farmers’ products in Ilocos Norte

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WEB dar ilocosNThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is pushing the farmers in Ilocos Norte to raise the quality of their agricultural products, saying that producing better products means generating greater income.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Vic M. Ines said the DAR picked three farmers’ cooperatives to develop their agricultural products under the “Up-Valuing of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) Product” project of the department.

“The agri-products are: rice coffee of the Bagnos Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), rice crispies of the Camguidan MPC and sugarcane vinegar of the Malampa MPC,” Ines said.
Ines said the project is in coordination with the Umic International Inc., the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte.

“The three institutions will provide the necessary trainings and knowledge transfer to address the needs of the farmers’ cooperatives on the production, processing, and marketing of their agricultural products,” Ines said. He added that the products would also be subjected to product label designing and branding.

At the product assessment held recently, Umic representatives stressed that the keys to the success of value-adding are careful business planning and adherence to legal and technical regulations to be able to market quality and reasonably priced products. (Rommel Aquino)