DAR Project ConVERGE provides organizational, enterprise skills trainings

news national 1 pix 1 september 9 2018A total of 1,409 abaca farmers from Agusan del Norte are now armed with skills on organizational and technical know-how after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently provided them with technology trainings to develop their potentials as business entrepreneurs.

The trainings were implemented under the DAR’s Project ConVERGE (Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment), conducted in the four municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao, and Santiago (TUJAKITSAN) cluster in the said province.

Included among the trainings conducted are: Abaca Production Technology; Trainers' Training for Abaca Production Technology Paratech; Mentoring Sessions with Go Negosyo; Operation and Maintenance of Abaca Stripping Machines; Financial Literacy; simple bookkeeping, accounting for non-accountant; records management; strategic planning and organizational development.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Andre B. Atega said the trainings intend to enhance the organizational and technical skills of the farmers. Specifically, it aims to sustain the business entrepreneurial capabilities of the members of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) comprising the SIUFMULCO (San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative) and other members belonging to 20 participating ARBOs.

“The Project ConVERGE, which provided the various types of seminars and workshops in Mindanao, were composed of 65 batches of farmers, focusing on abaca good agricultural practices, organizational development, and business management,” Atega said. 

Project ConVERGE is a flagship project of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), dedicated to eradicate rural poverty in developing countries. The project aims to promote sustainable livelihood activities based on the key commodities of Mindanao regions, such as rice, rubber, coffee, abaca, and cassava, among others.news national 1 pix 2 september 9 2018

Atega said the trainings aim to address the gap of organizational development and ensure quality impact that could make the ARB Organizations become more competitive in a large scale manner for the succeeding years.

“DAR's Provincial Project ConVERGE team, together with different stakeholders, local government units, and non-government organizations, played a vital role to help abaca farmers attain inclusive growth through value chain approach,” he said.

SIUFMULCO General Manager Leonora Mila said that the participants were trained to undertake their bigger roles in sustaining the success of the farmer-organizations through abaca value chain enterprise.

“Empowered na ang mga farmers! gani, ang ARB membership nagkataas, ug nagkadaghan pa ang ma-inspired nga magpa-membro ug ubay-ubay pa na abaca farms ang matamnan og abaca,” (The farmers are now empowered, consequently,  ARB membership are increasing as many are inspired since abaca farms are expanding in the cluster area.), Mila added. 

Photo 1: Women farmers busying themselves in the processing of abaca.

Photo 2: Ongoing technology training on abaca production.

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