DAR partners with PhilFIDA to enhance abaca production
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has tapped the expertise of Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) to train farmers develop skills in abaca farming, a move that will ultimately spur abaca production in the Philippines.
While waiting for assistance from several groups, DAR has partnered with the PhilFIDA to help train the farmers in abaca production.
“At present, the farmers are undergoing various training on strengthening their cooperatives and modern farming technologies in abaca production,” DAR said.
Just a few days ago, DAR said a total of 847 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) will soon benefit from a P21-million financial package from a partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The assistance will be executed through a project called Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment Project (Converge).
IFAD Project Managing Consultant Gomer G. Tumbali said the project’s primary goal is to increase agricultural productivity of abaca farmers and promote their welfare and development.