Agusan WOMEN learn coco sugar production

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The Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Coconut Authority conducted training on coconut sap production for women agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Agusan Del Norte recently. Provincial Reform Program Officer, Andre Atega, said the training aims to provide technical assistance to women ARBs of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) as additional source of livelihood. ARB member Flordela Galo acknowledged that coconut sap production gives her a chance for additional income of her family. Coconut sap sugar is an organic and cheaper alternative to synthetic sweeteners. Its production is a two-step process, starting with cutting the flower buds of a coconut palm to extract the sap. Some 40 women farmer-participants were members of Malambuong Kahugpongan sa Kababaihan sa San Isidro (MAKAKASI), Jaliobong Malambuong Farmers Organization (JAMOFO), and Jaliobong Irrigators Services Association (JISA).

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