PRDP distributes P2M worth of enterprise support to South Cotabato
The World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) has recently turned over P1.9 million worth of enterprise development support to beneficiaries in Polomolok, South Cotabato.
For this, six cooperatives can now expect improvement in their hauling services after receiving 6 units of motorcycle worth P291,000; 6 units of topdown sidecards worth P72,000; and 199 knapsack sprayers for farm operation worth P557,200.
These cooperatives are Tibud Sa Katibawsan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SKMPC); Cacao Cocoa Growers Association (CACOGRASS) in Koronadal City; Lambayong Diversified Farmers Association (LDFA) and Palo 19 Farmers Association in Tampakan; Glamang Small Coconut Farmers Organization (GSCFO) in Polomolok; and TUBAGA Producers Cooperative in Tupi.
At least 48,750 pieces cacao seedlings worth P933,562.50 were also distributed to the cooperatives.
The proponent still accommodates more farmers to become part of the project since they targeted at least 199 farmers to cater to the 150-hectare production areas to be planted with cacao.
The P1.9-million intervention is part of the P17.9-million total project cost for Integrated Cacao Production, Processing and Marketing of Fermented Cacao Beans Project of PRDP. It aims to consolidate production of quality cacao beans from 98.98 metric ton (MT) initial production volume to about an average production of 1,771 MT annually.