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All hands on deck for banana farmers

news reg 1 pix 1 february 8 2019THE government and the private sector has linked arms to help banana farmers in Oriental Mindoro enhance their farm management skill and raise their level of competitiveness in the global market.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Marilou C. Baslan said the farmers will be assisted in improving the quality of their products and meeting volume requirements. These two factors are considered as the first steps in attaining global success. 

Groups joining the cause are the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and local agricultural officers, together with the San Miguel Foods Corporation (SMFC) and the Bahaghari Global Food, Inc. (BGFI). 

“We are happy for the positive response to our call for support in sustaining the initial gains of the Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets (LinkSFarM) project, which seeks to achieve sustainability, expansion and diversification,” Baslan said during the recent meeting of the site working group.

She also said the project takes into account cluster formation, preparing the cluster supply plan, market chain study for actual collection, and marketing of banana of the saba variety.

Each participant shared essential information and assistance to the farmer-beneficiaries of the LinkSFarm project.

SMFC representative Ben Brosales presented the cassava assembler program for the farmers for project diversification.

Meanwhile, Maria Eliza Paylago of BGFI, exporter of banana chips, discussed their market requirements with the assisted farmers.

DOST representative Maria Cristina Caringal said new technology for banana production would be shared with the farmers to improve the quality and increase the volume of their harvests.news reg 1 pix 2 february 8 2019

TESDA Provincial Director Edwin Andoyo, for his part, expressed his support in promoting agro-entrepreneurship to make farmers globally competitive.

"Napakaganda po ng naging discussion ngayon, kami po ay natutuwa at patuloy ang suporta ninyong lahat sa amin,” cluster leader Ofelia Seno said. “Asahan po ninyo ang aming pagsisikap na gampanan ang role namin sa project."

Photo 1: Ben Brosales of San Miguel Foods, Inc. discussing the cassava assembler program.

Photo 2: PARPO Marilou Baslan sharing the project milestones and the way forward.

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DAR cites 20 outstanding cooperatives of Mimaropa

news reg 1 pix 1 december 14 2018Outstanding Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) from Mimaropa were cited in a recently held regional summit of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Out of 176 ARBOs from the region, 20 stood out as the best performing cooperatives in terms of growth, income, management, and sustainability. Ten farmers were also awarded with National Certification II on Agroentrepreneurship by TESDA.

Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones said these citations are proof of the hard work of the ARBOs and the assistance of the department and its partner agencies to help increase farmers’ income and uplift their lives. 

“Ang DAR ay may mandato, hindi lang land for the landless farmers, kundi bigyan din ng suporta  ang ating mga farmers. Kung walang suportang ibibigay sa ating mga ARBOs, hindi po uunlad at tataas  ang pamumuhay ng ating mga agrarian reform beneficiaries,” Castriciones said.

The 20 awarded ARBOs include the CK Plus Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Mansalay Agriculture & Fisheries Development Cooperative, Narra Irrigators and Advocates Multi-Purpose Cooperative, San Miguel Farmers and Fishers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Sta. Maria Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative, Samahang Gumagawa Tungong Tagumpay Multi-Purpose Cooperative,  Lourdes Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Elvita Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Tanikala ng Pagkakaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Mindoro Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative.news reg 1 pix 2 december 14 2018

The list is completed by Bagtingon Upland Farmers Association of Land Occupants, Calma Socio Economic Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Agra Progreso Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Gloria Site, Tagumpay ng Curanta Free Farmers Cooperative, Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Balatasan, Samahan ng Magpapatubig ng Mansalay, Inc., Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Matulatula, Malalong Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Magdiwang Agrarian Reform Community.

The Mimaropa region consists of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. 

Photo 1:  DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones as keynote speaker.

Photo 2:  DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones congratulates Johnny Francisco, chairman of  Bagtingon Upland Association of Land Occupants, cited as one of 20 outstanding ARBOs of MIMAROPA with Asst. Regional Director Beth Lee and Prov. Agrarian Reform Officer Isagani G. Placido and CARPO-PBD Virgilio L. Laggui. 

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All hands on deck for banana farmers

THE government and the private sector has linked arms to help banana farmers in Oriental Mindoro enhance their farm management skill and raise their level of competitiveness in the global market.Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Marilou C. Baslan… Read More..
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DAR cites 20 outstanding cooperatives of Mimaropa

Outstanding Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) from Mimaropa were cited in a recently held regional summit of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).Out of 176 ARBOs from the region, 20 stood out as the best performing cooperatives in terms… Read More..
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