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DAR-SK assisted farmers gain P2.2M from selling coffee beans

piaBAGUMBAYAN, Sultan Kudarat June 27 (PIA) -–About 86 trained farmers from this town delivered and collectively sold  coffee produce collectively to a multinational coffee-buying company in Tagum City, gaining an income of over Php2.2 million.

The collective selling of the coffee beans dubbed as “test marketing” was organized by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to eliminate local traders in the marketing chain, according to DAR officials.

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86 farmers earn P2.2-M selling coffee beans

news reg 1 pix 1 june 27 2016BAGUMBAYAN, SULTAN KUDARAT- Eighty six farmers from Bagumbayan town were exultant after collectively selling their harvested coffee beans for P2.2 million to a multinational coffee-buying company in Tagum City.

Project Facilitator Zeljik Psalm Maraon said farmers from the KM14 High Value Crops, Masiag Farmers and Coffee Growers, Monterverde Coffee Growers and Kanulay P4MP Association were able to harvest and deliver 28,689.33 kilograms of coffee beans.

“Through direct selling, the farmers earned a gross income of P2,215,360.13 from their consolidated coffee produce to Nestle Philippines,” Maraon said.

He added that crucial to gaining more income were the incentives given by the company to the coffee farmers upon delivery of coffee produce.  

“Nestle gave an incentive of additional P1.50 per kilo to the total kilograms of coffee beans delivered, and an additional P1 for every kilo of coffee beans passing the company’s moisture content test,” Maraon said.news reg 1 pix 2 june 27 2016

However, he said most of the coffee beans delivered failed to meet the highest quality standard for coffee products.

“Only 3,259.48 kilograms or about 11.36% of the total delivery met the quality standard of grade 1, which has the highest buying price of P76.50 per kilo,” he said.

“About 25,370.54 kilograms or 88.43% were classified under grade 2 which has an equivalent buying price of P74.50, while about 59.31 kilograms or 0.21% of coffee beans delivered were classified under grade 3 which has a buying price of P72.50 per kilo,” Maraon added.

During the post-delivery assessment, the farmers agreed to aim for a grade 1 quality for their coffee produce.

The group also resolved to improve their practices in harvesting as well as in performing proper sorting, drying and floatation of coffee beans. 

news reg 1 pix 3 june 27 2016Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rhea Marie Betque said the collective selling of coffee beans was a “test marketing” activity organized by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to eliminate local traders in the marketing chain.

“The farmers earning P2.2 million is a proof that our ‘test marketing’ was a success. By eliminating the local traders in the market chain, our coffee farmers gained incentives as an added value to their produce thus increasing their income,” Betque said.

She added that the incentive given by the buying company is a big help in defraying hauling costs of coffee beans from Bagumbayan to Tagum. 

DAR welcomes new adjudicator

news reg pix 1 june 17 2016The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office of South Cotabato welcomed Atty. Leon B. Lagundi, Jr., of Benguet, as the new Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (PARAD) for Sarangani and South Cotabato. 

Agrarian Reform Program Officer and Clerk of Board Lorna N. Garde said, Lagundi will provide assistance in resolving agrarian cases of the DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB). 

“He will assist the current Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator Henry M. Gelacio in expediting the resolution of DARAB cases, effective utilization of case templates for DARAB and prioritizing cases like flashpoint cases, LAD-related cases, land valuation cases, as well as cases subject of compromise agreement or withdrawal of appeal or dismissible for lack of jurisdiction and motion for reconsideration,” Garde said.

“As assisting PARAD, Atty. Lagundi will also be utilizing the Alternative Dispute Resolution  Scheme in resolving DARAB cases wherein preliminary conferences, mediations and compromise agreements are conducted and attended by the parties concerned,” added Garde.

After being promoted from the chief of the Legal Division, Lagundi is also the principal PARAD for the province of Benguet.

Lagundi expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and promises to work dutifully in performing his responsibilities as the concurrent Assistant PARAD of the two provinces. (Kathleen D. Sespeñe)

Photo: Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer H. Roldan Ali (left) welcomes PARAD Lagundi (right).


DAR turns-over livelihood projects in SoCot

 ZZ WEB 20160426 NATL R12 MEDEL PH1The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over P300,000 worth of projects to three farmers’ organizations in the municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato as part of a livelihood project under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan – Agrarian Reform Areas (PAMANA-ARA) Program.
 
OIC-Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II H. Roldan Ali said the recipients include Silway 8 Community-based Association, Sulit Farmers’ Association (SUFA) and Sulit Tricycle Operators’ and Drivers’ Association (SULTODA).
 
“Bigasan ng Bayan as one of their projects is very promising to generate more income in their organizations,” Ali said.
Ali added that the DAR and PAMANA-ARA would constantly monitor their operation to ensure the successful implementation and sustainability of the projects.  
 
Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) Nestor Villanueva said the department will mentor the organizations because they are the conduit of the government in extending help to the people.
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“Hopefully, the benefits will improve the lives not only of the recipients but also of the next generation,” Villanueva said.
 
Ms. Eva Roldan, president of Silway 8 Community-based Association, said the amount would be a very big help for them to start their organizations’ project.
 
The PAMANA-ARA is implemented jointly by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and DAR with the cooperation of other national and local government agencies, aimed to respond and strengthen peace-building, reconstruction and development in conflict-affected areas in the country. (Herbert Aliligay, Contributor/ Kathlene Sespene, editor)
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Photo #1: DAR South Cotabato Officials headed by PARPO II H. Roldan A. Ali (3rd from right) turn overs PAMANA-ARA checks to the officers and members of Sulit Farmers Association (SUFA), Bgy. Sulit, Polomolok, South Cotabato. With him are CARPO-PBD Engr.Nestor I. Villanueva, PAMANA-ARA Point person (2nd from right) and Esther de Guzman (extreme right) PAMANA-ARA coordinator.

Photo #2: Engr. Nestor I. Villanueva, CARPO-PBD (center w/ white shirt) is having a short Focused Group Discussion (FGD) with the officers and members of the Silway 8 Community-Based Association in Brgy. Silway 8, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Photo #2: Ms. Eva Roldan, President of Silway 8 Community-based Association, received PAMANA-ARA checks from PARPO II H. Roldan A. Ali during the turnover ceremony held on March 14, 2016.

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DAR-SK assisted farmers gain P2.2M from selling coffee beans

BAGUMBAYAN, Sultan Kudarat June 27 (PIA) -–About 86 trained farmers from this town delivered and collectively sold coffee produce collectively to a multinational coffee-buying company in Tagum City, gaining an income of over Php2.2 million.The collective… Read More..
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86 farmers earn P2.2-M selling coffee beans

BAGUMBAYAN, SULTAN KUDARAT- Eighty six farmers from Bagumbayan town were exultant after collectively selling their harvested coffee beans for P2.2 million to a multinational coffee-buying company in Tagum City.Project Facilitator Zeljik Psalm Maraon said… Read More..
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Jun 17, 2016 93

DAR welcomes new adjudicator

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Provincial Office of South Cotabato welcomed Atty. Leon B. Lagundi, Jr., of Benguet, as the new Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (PARAD) for Sarangani and South Cotabato. Agrarian Reform Program Officer and Clerk… Read More..
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DAR turns-over livelihood projects in SoCot

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over P300,000 worth of projects to three farmers’ organizations in the municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato as part of a livelihood project under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan – Agrarian Reform… Read More..