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2 La Trinidad farmer groups get greenhouses, farm tools
by Press release

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) recently turned over greenhouse structures and supporting implements to two farmer groups to boost the income of chrysanthemum and lettuce farmers in this capital town.

The Gusaran Lower Wangal Irrigators’ Association received materials for the construction of two greenhouses to protect their leaf lettuce seedling production enterprise. The two proposed 216-square meter greenhouses are projected to produce around 1.6 million lettuce seedlings that can go up to 10 cycles per year.

The greenhouses shall be managed by the association and proceeds from sales will go to the association as additional capital, said Perry Villena, association president.

Villena added that the establishment of the greenhouse structures will help sustain and respond to the regular supply requirement of the members and to eventually stabilize their production and marketing operation by allowing them to produce quality lettuce seedlings without fear of being destroyed during rainy season.

The La Trinidad Cutflower and Ornamental Plant Growers Association (LaTCOGA) also received materials for three greenhouses for chrysanthemum production.

LaTCOGA president Andy Colte said the members of the association agreed that the greenhouses will be installed in individual farm lots in three barangays, namely Bineng, Lubas, and Beckel.

“The individual recipients of these greenhouses shall pay back the cost of the greenhouses to the association within three years,” Colte said.

Farmer-beneficiaries agreed to remit at least 10 percent of the total cost of the greenhouse as part of their sustainability policy until they have paid the cost of the greenhouse within two to three years.  The accumulated amount of P270,00 will be used to construct a greenhouse for the next qualified member, and so on, as per policies approved by the members during one of their meetings.

In both cases, planting the crops without the protection of greenhouses incurs losses in production, as narrated by the beneficiaries.

“We experience losses in production without the greenhouse because when planted in the open, our seedlings, whether vegetables or cutflowers, are vulnerable to pest infestation, wilting, and spoilage due to drastic changes in weather conditions,” Colte said.

He added that the greenhouses will also be helpful during off-season, as it will allow farmers to produce quality crops even during rainy season to sustain the supply as demanded by their buyers.

At the turnover ceremony, Investment for Rural Enterprises and Agricultural and Fisheries Productivity Component Head Josie Beray reminded the beneficiaries that series of activities have to be conducted after these deliveries.

“We have to establish the operations manual of each proponent group to guide you on how to properly and effectively implement your business plans,” she said.

After the operations manual establishment workshop, the national project coordinating office, project support office, regional office, and local government units will visit the the groups for business process reviews.


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