Pasil, Kalinga – To improve Pasil farmers’ productivity level and increase competitiveness among coffee producers, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over farm machineries, equipment, and inputs to Pasil Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) as an added value for their venture.
Members and officials of Pasil MPC received the certificate of award and farm machinery given through DAR Cordillera Regional Director Atty. Eugene Follante at Kalinga State University gymnasium on November 24, 2021.
The grant costing around P800,000 is under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) – Major Crop-based Block Farm Productivity Enhancement Project.
In an interview with Pasil MPC Manager, Jornalyn Aglipay, she explained that the cooperative is one of those being assisted by DAR, which attained a high rating based on the agency’s evaluation done through its Information Technology-Enabled Maturity Assessment (ITEMA).
“Tatta ket inaramid ti DAR a conduit para mausar kadagiti babassit nga organisasyon or ti Pasil MPC a tumulong a mang-asistar kanyada then ti DAR nangted da ti machineries through proposal,” added the manager.
Also, Aglipay stated that with DAR’s program to revive coffee production in Dalupa, Pasil MPC’s role is to “consolidate, buy the raw coffee then roast and mill them for marketing.”
To help the farmers and the cooperative, DAR provided one unit of coffee roaster machine, one unit coffee grinder machine, 15 units of Honda brush cutter, 75 units of pruning shears, 75 units of pruning saw, 20 units of knapsack sprayer, 20 units of wheelbarrow, 100 pieces each of grub hoe, hand trowel, hand rake, and mud boots.
Also given were 75,000 seedlings of poly bags, 30 bags of coffee quality seeds, 30 bags of fertilizers, 12 pcs. of plastic sprinkler, 12 rolls of HDPE pipes, 12 rolls greenhouse net, 8 pcs. of plastic drum (200L), 2 units of digital weighing scale, one unit of coffee bean moisture meter, and one unit of vacuum pack sealer.
According to Aglipay, the units used for production will be given to Dalupa Umili Farmers Association while the coffee roaster machine and grinder machine will be placed at Pasil MPC Office to cater to all Pasil farmers.
On behalf of the 965 members of Pasil MPC, Manager Aglipay expressed gratitude to DAR “for trusting PAMPCO as their partner in the implementation of their projects in Pasil.”
“We, the management staff and officers, assure you that we will do also our part as your beneficiary and also, as partner implementer of your development programs in the ARC communities. Mabuhay Department of Agrarian Reform family (both kalinga province office, regional and national office). Go, grow, glow PAMPCO,” Aglipay concluded.
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