The Department of Agrarian Reform in Albay met with members of coconut farmers’ cooperatives in the province to identify appropriate copra drying facilities in the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs). Present during the meeting were Chairpersons and Presidents of 14 Peoples’ Organizations and Cooperatives from the Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka sa Kaniyogan ng Albay (UgMAKA).
During the activity, OIC-Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Engr. Romulo A. Britanico, acknowledged that regular consultation-meetings with stakeholders are important avenue to identify appropriate interventions that can respond to coco farmers’ needs. In a presentation on the coconut industry’s contribution to the economy, he emphasized the need for copra products to meet the quality set by market standards. CARPO Estreluna G. Ante, of the Beneficiaries Development and Coordination Division, on her part, stressed the immediate need to establish copra dryer facilities in the ARCs in support to coco farmers.
Albay Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Provincial Manager Edmundo R. Bailon who graced the activity, gave a brief background on the coconut industry on a global perspective and stressed that functional copra dryers should be accessible to coco farmers at all times.
The meeting resulted with the a proposal for copra dryer facilities to be submitted to PCA and Provincial Government of Albay for funding support. (gp_olayres)