KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- Engines will soon be grinding for Tupi’s coffee enterprise after the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) turned over the first tranche funding that will jumpstart a dried green coffee bean business in the area.
Just recently, PRDP turned over P2.6 million to the Tupi Coffee Growers’ Association, Inc. (TUCOGAI), the lead proponent of the subproject “Enhancement of Production and Marketing of Dried Green Coffee Beans” in South Cotabato.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol led the distribution of checks with South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes at the DA 12’s Tupi Research and Experiment Station last July 31.
“We are thankful for the assistance we received from the government. We are confident that this will not be wasted since we have shown good production ever since,” TUCOGAI President Marcos Gabat said.
“Hopefully the government will continue to give grants to more economic enterprise projects especially to the coffee growers. Coffee is considered as basic commodity nowadays so the government must put more allocation to its production,” the farmer leader added.
The P2.06 million initial release is intended for procurement of equipment and facilities and other production support which has a total cost of P17.9 million.
According to DA 12 Regional Executive Directpr Milagros Casis, the initial funds are specifically intended to purchase two electric operated coffee dehuller, six weighing scale, two moisture meter, two motorized trailer, and two washing tub.
Meanwhilw, the farmer-recipients and the LGU South Cotabato will facilitate the construction of vermi-composting facility and the clonal garden.
This subproject is expected to uplift the lives of some 1,697 coffee growers in the province and could eventually expand the area devoted to coffee production in the province to 1,915 hectares.
For the implementation of the said project, TUCOGAI has partnered with coffee grower associations across the province, namely: Tampakan Coffee and Cacao Growers, Kinilis Farmers Cooperative (Polomolok); Sawmill Coconut Farmers Association (Surallah); Lambangan People’s Organization (T’Boli); and NED Landcare Association (Lake Sebu). (CUAguillon-DA-RPCO 12/DEDoguiles-PIA12)