Kadingilan cacao farmers set up processing facility

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MALAYBALAY CITY (25 January 2021/BukidnonNews.Net) A group of Cacao farmers in Kadingilan town has received a grant from the government to set up a P10.9 million processing plant and marketing enterprise. 

The 104-member Balaoro Farmers Association (BAFA) is the first beneficiary in Bukidnon for the Department of Agriculture’s – Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) under Rural Enterprise and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity (I-REAP).

“We hope this project will not only benefit our current farmers but also our future children as well. By partnering with PRDP, our vision is possible,” Emmanuel Perales, Vice-Chairman of BAFA, said as quoted by DA-PRDP. 

The group has been producing tablea and selling to other provinces. A total of 80 BAFA members produce Cacao from about 70 hectares of land.

On January 21, 2021, Carlota S. Madriaga, technical director for Operations Division of the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office 10 led the ground breaking ceremony in the site. Assistant provincial agriculturist Jacqueline Julia Lagamon, Municipal Agriculturist and Municipal Engineer of Kadingilan, the contractor and BAFA officials took part in the rites.

The entire project costs ₱10.9 million to be used to build the P4.8 million processing facility with site/land development and perimeter fence, to purchase hauling vehicle at ₱2.469 million, to buy processing equipment at ₱1.245 million and ₱209,076.00 for raw materials.

The processing facility will stand on a 200 square meter lot inside an 800 square meter property.

“This project is meant for the farmers to prosper. We should always remember that our goal is to increase farmers’ production and income, Madriaga said in her message, as quoted by DA PRDO.

The estimated cost for the enterprise project is Php 10.9 million. Of which Php 5.2M is funded by World Bank, while the National Government and the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) contributed Php 1.7M each. BAFA shared a total of P2.18M both kind and cash as equity.

The IREAP component of the PRDP seeks to address the enterprise aspects of the development of 15 commodities in Mindanao to include abaca, banana, milk fish, cacao, cassava, coconut, oil palm, coffee, dairy, goat, mango, organic rice, rubber, seaweed and swine. (Mel B. Madera/BukidnonNews.Net correspondent)

All photos grabbed from Balaoro Farmers Association, Inc. Facebook account

Choco products from Balaoro Farmers Association Inc.

Choco products from Balaoro Farmers Association Inc.

Sample of chocolate products from the BAFA. The group participated in a training on chocolate making in their village in December 2019.

Sample of chocolate products from the BAFA. The group participated in a training on chocolate making in their village in December 2019.

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