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PhP40.7-M rubber processing facility to rise in North Cotabato

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Oct. 21 (PIA) — A PhP40.7-M worth of rubber processing plant will soon rise in Banisilan town in North Cotabato, an official of the Department of Agrarian Reform here announced.


Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II, said that DAR recently held a ground breaking ceremony in the village of Gastav, Banisilan for the first ever rubber processing plant under the DAR-Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Program (DAR-MINSAAD).  

“The rubber processing plant in Banisilan is the first project to be implemented among the 27 municipalities across three regions and seven provinces covered by the DAR-MINSAAD Program,” Abella said.

“The project is designed to cater the target expansion of the project and current production of cuplumps in Banisilan having a production area of more than 1,400 hectares.”

Abella  said the project will cover 17 barangays and will be handled by the Banisilan Farmers Credit Cooperative as the lead people’s organization and consolidator of the 25 other participating organizations in the municipality. 

Meanwhile, Herman Ongkiko, DAR  undersecretary for foreign assisted projects, who served as the guest at the ground breaking rites emphasized on the impact of the  project on the lives of the  farmers and the community.

“DAR aims to increase the productivity and income of the beneficiaries. What we are doing now is part of the agrarian reform community development plan of Banisilan,” Ongkiko said. 

He added that since the processing plant is within the farmers’ reach, there will be a reduction in transportation cost. 

“Every reduction in transportation cost will automatically contribute to increasing their income,” he said.

Ongkiko further explained that as an organized agrarian reform beneficiary organization or cooperative, the production input could be procured in volume in which they could also lessen the transportation cost leading to an additional savings for the rubber farmers.

Ongkiko also said that DAR will continue to monitor the project until such time that every farmer will increase their farm productivity and income as a way to eliminate or reduce poverty. 

The rubber processing plant has a total budget of PhP40,764,900 which was pooled from the DAR-MINSAAD with PhP31,026,540, proponent ARBO with PhP6,102,360, LGU-Banisilan with PhP2,050,000, Department of Agriculture-RFO XII with PhP586,000, and from the Cotabato Provincial Office with PhP1,000,000.

The DAR-MinSAAD Project is a poverty alleviation initiative of the Department of Agrarian Reform in 12 settlement areas in Mindanao. 

The Project addresses poverty issues in these areas through competitive and sustainable agriculture, using inclusive approach and modalities in investments that are based on value chain analysis of key agricultural commodities. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from DAR North Cotabato)







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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Oct. 21 (PIA) — A PhP40.7-M worth of rubber processing plant will soon rise in Banisilan town in North Cotabato, an official of the Department of Agrarian Reform here announced.

Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II, said that DAR recently held a ground breaking ceremony in the village of Gastav, Banisilan for the first ever rubber processing plant under the DAR-Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Program (DAR-MINSAAD).  

“The rubber processing plant in Banisilan is the first project to be implemented among the 27 municipalities across three regions and seven provinces covered by the DAR-MINSAAD Program,” Abella said.

“The project is designed to cater the target expansion of the project and current production of cuplumps in Banisilan having a production area of more than 1,400 hectares.”

Abella  said the project will cover 17 barangays and will be handled by the Banisilan Farmers Credit Cooperative as the lead people’s organization and consolidator of the 25 other participating organizations in the municipality. 

Meanwhile, Herman Ongkiko, DAR  undersecretary for foreign assisted projects, who served as the guest at the ground breaking rites emphasized on the impact of the  project on the lives of the  farmers and the community.

“DAR aims to increase the productivity and income of the beneficiaries. What we are doing now is part of the agrarian reform community development plan of Banisilan,” Ongkiko said. 

He added that since the processing plant is within the farmers’ reach, there will be a reduction in transportation cost. 

“Every reduction in transportation cost will automatically contribute to increasing their income,” he said.

Ongkiko further explained that as an organized agrarian reform beneficiary organization or cooperative, the production input could be procured in volume in which they could also lessen the transportation cost leading to an additional savings for the rubber farmers.

Ongkiko also said that DAR will continue to monitor the project until such time that every farmer will increase their farm productivity and income as a way to eliminate or reduce poverty. 

The rubber processing plant has a total budget of PhP40,764,900 which was pooled from the DAR-MINSAAD with PhP31,026,540, proponent ARBO with PhP6,102,360, LGU-Banisilan with PhP2,050,000, Department of Agriculture-RFO XII with PhP586,000, and from the Cotabato Provincial Office with PhP1,000,000.

The DAR-MinSAAD Project is a poverty alleviation initiative of the Department of Agrarian Reform in 12 settlement areas in Mindanao. 

The Project addresses poverty issues in these areas through competitive and sustainable agriculture, using inclusive approach and modalities in investments that are based on value chain analysis of key agricultural commodities. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from DAR North Cotabato)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611445402058/php40-7-m-rubber-processing-facility-to-rise-in-north-cotabato

 

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