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Coop gets DAR support services, other projects

piaNEGROS OCCIDENTAL, March 18 (PIA6) - - A small cooperative in the upland barangay of Mailum, Bago City is yet another story of success.

Friends of the Highlands Producers Cooperative or FHPC is an agrarian reform beneficiaries organization that formed itself into a cooperative with 50 members, who are also residents of the Department of Agrarian Reform declared Agrarian Reform Community (ARC).

FHPC is a recipient of the various support services of the DAR from Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) to Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCESS) and just recently of the Community-Managed Potable Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene or CP WASH.

The CP WASH project turned over to the FHPC for management and maintenance included two units rain water collector, two units iron removal filter, three units biosand filter and one unit biogas digester.

FHPC chairman Rodel Cadigal told PIA that their cooperative has fully paid their APCP loan of P390,000 with the Land Bank of the Philippines which they used to grow vegetables, rice and sugarcane in their land holdings and is now preparing their second loan of the same amount.

Meanwhile, Community Agrarian Reform Program Officer Edna Villaruel also revealed that FHPC is identified as Batch 3 to receive ARCESS projects like power tiller, thresher and shredding machine.

Aside from these, the local government of Bago and the Philippine Carabao Center also awarded the cooperative with 10 individuals of Murrah Buffalo in late 2013 which their members raise to source out carabao milk.

“Daily, we are able to produce 4-5 litres which we sell to Fresh Start Organics where part of the sales goes to the farmer-raiser and a part goes to the cooperative,” Cadigal explained.

To date, they already raised three calves from the 10 Buffalos given to them.

Aside from the buffalo milk, the cooperative is also into vermi culture production breaking a record of producing 2 tons out of 11-kilogram of worms.

Cooperative members are also into soft broom production with materials growing abundantly in the area while FHPC takes care of marketing these products.

This cooperative will also do its share in climate change mitigation, Cadigal shared, as they will soon start their nursery for seedlings production.*(JCM/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1031426640803/coop-gets-dar-support-services-other-projects

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