The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Bohol and the Bohol Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities Cooperative (BFARCCO) recently opened the Provincial Agrarian Information and Marketing Center (P-AIMC) as the Farmer’s Business Center - “Market in the Park” in Diwa Partylist Center near the Hall of Justice, Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Grace Fua said P-AIMC, a Japan-funded project through the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, Phase III of the DAR with the support of the Provincial Government of Bohol. Fua said the marketing center showcased Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) products such as banana chips, pineapple marmalade, corn coffee from ARC Bicao in Carmen; vinegar and soap products from ARC Sr. San Isidro Labrador MPC (SESILAMCO) in Clarin, and Untaga Farmers MPC in Alicia, ginger products from ARC Guio-ang, Guindulman, noodles from ARC Jagna, vegetables, banana, and other root crops from various ARC areas.
DTI Provincial Director Angeline Pauline Gonzales congratulated the BFARCCO for their efforts to realize their dreams in providing business opportunities to the 20 primary cooperative members by establishing and creating a market access for the farm products.
BFARCCO Manager Edward Dumagan said that the ARC products displayed and for sale include rice, vinegar, squash dried noodles, polvoron, corn coffee, salabat tea and candies, turmeric, processed meat products, jam, pineapple marmalade, soap, virgin coconut oil, native bags, raffia table runners, among others.
BFARCCO Vice Chairman Inocentes Gitgano said BFARCCO worked hand-in-hand in order to sustain the project that needs sacrifice and dedication to succeed a marketing center.
Gitgano thanked the DAR, DTI, Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap for their support.
BFARCCO welcomes other primary Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) cooperatives to join the business venture.
Present during the ceremonial cutting of ribbon were Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Eddie Manginsay, OIC Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer of Technical Advisory Support Services Alex Relova of DAR Bohol, DTI-Bohol's Senior Trade And Industry Development Specialist Blair Panong and BFARCCO Officers . (Ma. Lydia D. Bantugan)