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DAR, food firm forge cacao production pact

sunstarlogoTHE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Kennemer Foods International, Incorporated (KFI) have forged a Cacao Production and Purchase Agreement involving five Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Moh. Dassan Adju said the agreement seeks the cultivation of 200 hectares of cacao by the five ARBOs in selected Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in Zamboanga del Norte.

Adju said the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) will finance the cacao production under the Agricultural Production Credit Program (APCP) amounting to P88 million through loan.

Adju said DAR will assist the ARBOs in the preparation of loan documentary requirements for submission to LBP.

Allan Datu-Imam of the KFI said they have a long term growing program for the cacao farmers.

Imam said the KFI will provide the high quality cacao seedlings, trainings, supervision and a buy-back guarantee of the harvest.

The five ARBOs that will benefit from the project are Gabu, Balas, Lawigan Agrarian Reform Cooperative (GABALARBECO) in Labason town; San Miguel Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SMARBEMCO) in Mutia municipality; Siari Valley Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative(SVARBEMCO) in Sindangan; Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Marcelo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARBEMCO) in Kalawit; and, Depane, Don Jose Aguirre, Gupot, Linay, Lingatongan, Saluyong Agrarian Reform, Cooperative (DAGLLISARCO) in Manukan.

PARPO I Rizzel Villanueva said the DAR-KFI partnership will bring the desired outcome of increased farmer’s income and farm productivity.

Villanueva added that a minimum of 15 hectares will be established per municipality as pilot area to serve as catalyst for good cultural practices of cacao growing. (Bong Garcia)

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/zamboanga/local-news/2014/08/03/dar-food-firm-forge-cacao-production-pact-357524

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