Issue of October 8, 2017
     
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Town in Abra to benefit from PDRP’s marketing enterprise
by Ma. Isabel B. Zabala

To recover losses caused by super typhoon Lando that devastated agricultural plantations in 2015, the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) offered a short term recovery intervention in the form of Small Livelihood Project, now Micro Enterprise Project, under the project’s Enterprise Development (I-REAP) component.

Nine farmer groups from Villaviciosa, Abra were beneficiaries of the scheme, receiving 298 heads of cattle after their proposals were approved by PRDP.

The farmer groups come from barangays Ap-apaya, Bolilising, Callao, Dungsayan, Kaltawan Poblacion, Lumaba, Tamac, and Tuquib.

They proposed that upgraded male Brahman breed shall be distributed to the eligible farmer groups after being equipped with the necessary skills from feeding, maintaining animal health, housing management, to marketing.

The recipients must provide for a comfortable shed intended to house the cattle before they can receive one.

The scheme accounts that the recipients shall fatten the cattle from six to eight months from its receipt. They are expected to sell these when it reaches the marketable weight of 325 kilos.

“For additional income, the enterprise is envisioned to encourage the farmer groups to engage in continuous production and supply of beef and beef byproducts. Meat processing is seen as an added business enterprise for the municipality,” I-REAP Component Head Joscelyn W. Beray said.

“With an add-on increase in household income, economic activities and exchange of goods in the area will be stimulated,” she said.

The farmer-groups have adopted the roll-over scheme where P30,000 should be surrendered to the association after selling the cattle to be once again used to purchase several heads to be distributed to other eligible members.

Edwin Roman, president of the Bolilising Farmers’ Association, said each association was given 33 heads of cattle for distribution to their members.

“This roll-over scheme will allow the same opportunity to other members to experience cattle raising and hopefully to continue the enterprise so that our municipality will become a cattle fattening station as well as a beef supplying municipality,” he said.

The scheme is said to increase the beneficiaries’ household income by at least five percent after one production cycle.

The DA Cordillera reported that Abra suffered an estimated P60 million worth of crops including rice, vegetables, and livestock after Lando.

“Typhoon Lando caused landslides and erosions that damaged around 15 to 20 percent of rice and vegetable farmlands in Abra,” said Danilo P. Daguio, deputy project director of CAR.

The PRDP is a six-year project assisted by the World Bank and implemented by the Department of Agriculture aimed at reducing poverty in the country’s rural communities through investments in identified priority commodities.

Farmers and fisher folks in calamity-stricken and conflict-affected areas can propose sustainable livelihood project or micro projects under the I-REAP.

Beray said the SLP, now called micro enterprise, is funded through the PRDP to provide sustainable income generating activities to farmers and fisherfolk affected by typhoons through interventions that would respond quickly to their basic needs and restore their livelihood. 

She said it also intends to provide production and marketing support to increase the income of farmers and fishers in affected areas.


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