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DA recipients hope for better market
by Press release

Beneficiaries of the  Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project are hopeful of better market linkages within or outside the Cordillera as they are now slowly complying with the requirements in terms of target production volume and certification for Good Agricultural Practices.

One of the beneficiaries is Liby Ngaseo, a member of Bosigan Multipurpose Cooperative in Balili, Mankayan, Benguet and a recipient of the Tomato Production under Greenhouse Condition enterprise subproject funded under the PRDP.

Ngaseo has been tending a 2,500-square meter garden planted with romaine lettuce and tomato in Bosigan.

She said the farm implements they received from the PRDP have been helpful, especially in ensuring the safety of their crops during extreme weather conditions.

The Bosigan MPC is a recipeint of 17 rolls of polyethylene sheets, 100 units of GI pipes, and three water tanks worth P1 million in July 2018. Crates and a hand tractor are yet to be delivered.

For the subproject, 16 farmer-members with existing greenhouses were first benefited.

Since the cooperative does not have a post-harvest facility, members usually sell their produce individually.

There are others like Ngaseo who tried to deal with institutional buyers but the deal was cut short when the buyer did not give the payment at the agreed date and ran away.

Since then, the cooperative never entered into another agreement outside the region.

Market linkage remains one of the top challenges that farmers face nowadays but the security and sustainability of their produce comes first.

“We were victims of Typhoon Ompong. The greenhouse materials and farm implements we received were helpful for we have something to replace/rehabilitate our damaged greenhouses,” said Abraham Pecsoy, a member of Bosigan MPC.

To sustain the project, the recipients of the greenhouse materials have given P5,000 each to the cooperative to be used for its lending services.

To generate income, the cooperative intends to rent out the tractor to other members and non-members.


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