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Mission Review and validation of Project GRWOTH

piaNEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Sept. 16 (PIA6) - - Representatives from the World Bank led by Task Team Leader Rabih Karaky conducted mission review and site validation of the potential site of its Project GROWTH beneficiaries.

Project GROWTH means Gearing Rural Organizations for Wealth creation Towards Household income improvement which focuses on agro-rural enterprise development.

Karaky in an interview said he is impressed by the excellent presentation of the DAR and was impressed by the General Manager of the TARA ARC Pacita “Nene Decs” Decatoria.

“The presentation was excellent and I was impressed with the general manager of the cooperative because they seem to be doing things on the right track.  We are willing to help them, that is why we are here,” Karaky said.

The team was joined by the officials from the Department of Agrarian Reform led by Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong and Regional Director Alejandro Otacan who held a dialogue with the members of the TARA Agrarian Reform Cooperative (ARC) in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City.

Bistoyong said that the project is looking at the partnership of producers and buyers of an area that are capable of binding themselves to an alliance or agreement to produce crops demanded by the market.

In Negros Occidental, there are four crops identified – organic rice, muscovado sugar, raw sugar and banana.

These were determined after a thorough assessment prior to the mission review.

Meanwhile, Decatoria said that they are a very lucky cooperative which unlike the others, have benefitted from all the support services from DAR and all those from the different agencies recommended by DAR.

The mission review, according to Bistoyong, was done to assess the preparedness of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations to participate in the Project GROWTH to be funded by World Bank. *(/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)

Source: PIA

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