Agri NorMin provides an P8-M worth of cacao-based dev’t project to Naawan, MisOr to expand the municipality’s existing enterpise for said commodity.


NAAWAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – In support to the expansion of existing cacao-based enterprise in the locality, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) awarded a certificate of turnover to the local government of Naawan, Misamis Oriental for the P8 million (M) worth Cacao Community-Based Development Enterprise project.

Handing over the certificate is DA-10 Regional Technical Director Carlota S. Madriaga to Naawan Mayor Dennis I. Roa and TOMAMA AMC chair, Rudy M. Fragata.

On Thursday, February 10, the 1 unit hauling truck and 28,571 pieces certified cacao seedlings were turned over ahead of the other interventions, in order to drum up the production of cacao and aid the cacao farmers in transporting their harvest to the different buying stations.

Under the headship of DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, the agri department provided said enterprise project, particularly for the 96-membered Toburan-Mapulog-Maputi Arc Marketing Cooperative (TOMAMA AMC) covering 67 hectares of land, with some already growing cacao and producing tableya, and selling these to agri-development centers.

Included in the package of interventions are the provision of a P2-M hauling truck, planting materials (P1-M), Multi-Commodity Solar Dryer (500K), nursery establishment (500K), cacao processing equipment (P2-M), cacao processing facility (P1-M), training (P750K), and P250K to defray for the administrative-related expenses.

“I am very grateful to DA for the project we have received which can greatly help our farmers, especially now that we have our sights on expanding and developing our agricultural sector, here in Naawan,” Mayor Roa conveyed.

Meanwhile, TOMAMA AMC pinned their hopes on the agri-provisions, adding these will help them increase their productivity while ensuring the quality production and processing of cacao.

Fragata expressed, “Mula sa aming kooperatiba, nais kong ipa-abot ang pasasalamat sa ating gobyerno lalo na sa DA at sa iba pang ahensya, sa walang humpay na pagtulong at suporta sa gitna ng pandemya. Itong proyekto na natanggap namin ay magsisilbing pundasyon tungo sa pag-unlad ng cacao industry dito sa aming lugar.”

In response, DA-10 RTD Madriaga emphasized, that the government has invested in the agri-potential of Naawan, and posed a challenge to properly utilize and sustain the project with a productive outcome.

Pooled from its CY 2021 funds, said enterprise project is realized through the High Value Crops Development Program of DA-10.

Also witnessing the turnover ceremony are DA-10 Provincial Operations Center Chief for MisOr Chona H. Nacalaban and HVCDP Focal Person Kersten S. Pagalan.# (RDMElloren)