Issue of December 3, 2017

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Strawberry farmers to upgrade greenhouses
by Elvy S. Tacquio

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Strawberry farmers in this town can now increase and sustain their production through upgraded greenhouses.

Under the Philippine Rural Development Project’s I-Reap enterprise development component, supplies and materials to support strawberry production worth P670,000 were delivered to the members of the Federation of La Trinidad Valley Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc. (FLATVAFIA) last Nov. 10.

The project costs P1 million shared by the World Bank (80 percent), the government of the Philippines through the Department of Agriculture (20 percent), and the municipal government (20 percent). Another 20 percent in cash and/or in kind worth P624, 837.50 was also shared by the FLATFAVIA as their counterpart.

“Through this intervention, we can protect our strawberries and minimize damages and losses that may occur especially during typhoon season,” said FLATVAFIA Chair Jumelyn Buya.

The supplies and materials will be used for the establishment of 63 units mini tunnel greenhouse facilities. Three units of shredder worth P150,000 will also be delivered as part of the first tranche, and one unit hand tractor worth P180,000 for the second tranche.

The materials will be distributed to seven farmer-members. After one production cycle, the total acquisition value shall be retained for the association to purchase supplies and materials for the next members.

“When typhoons hit the valley, strawberry production areas here are often flooded and production drops hence, with these interventions, our members can now sustain and stabilize their production and marketing operation even during typhoons,” added Buya.

This facility will also ensure the availability of strawberries all year round and will support the demand of consumers and processors.

FLATFAVIA is composed of four farmer associations in La Trinidad located in the major strawberry producing barangays of the municipality.

As a one town, one product of La Trinidad, the association aims to produce strawberries of good quality with proper care and maintenance procedures.

The strawberry production using tunnel type mini greenhouse is among the 10 microenterprise subprojects for calamity-stricken areas in Benguet.

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