DA turns over greenhouses in La Trinidad via PRDP
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), distributed greenhouse structures and supporting implements to two farmer groups in La Trinidad, Benguet.
In particular, 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 greenhouse structures are projected to collectively produce around 1.6 million lettuce seedlings that can go up to 10 cycles per year.
“These greenhouses shall be managed by the association and proceeds from sales shall go to the association as additional capital,” said Perry Villena, who serves as the president of the association.
Villena added that the establishment of these greenhouse structures will help sustain and respond to the regular supply requirement of their 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), on the other hand, received materials for three greenhouses purposely for chrysanthemum production.
According to Andy Colte, President of the LaTCOGA, the members of the association agreed that the greenhouses will be installed in individual farmlots in three barangays, namely, Bineng, Lubas and Beckel in the municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet.
“The individual recipients of these greenhouses shall pay back the cost of said greenhouses to the association within three years,” Colte added.