THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is partnering with the private sector and local government units (LGUs) to promote various commodities into agricultural enterprise.
Through the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), DA aims to provide key infrastructure, facilities and technologies to boost farm production.
PRDP tapped the Philippine Calamansi Association Inc. (PCAI), buyer and processor of calamansi fruit products to enter into a marketing contract with farmers in Oriental Mindoro.
Calamansi is indigenous to the Philippines and about 75 percent of the country’s production comes from Oriental Mindoro. It gross about P23 million in annual export earnings.
“One of the constraints is the low farmgate price during peak season. With PRDP’s assistance, farmers form clusters and enter into marketing contracts with PCAI. The program has also encouraged farmers to engage in assembling, transporting, and processing,” said PRDP national deputy program director Arnel de Mesa.
He said 39 farmer members of Oriental Mindoro Farmers’ Association have delivered 58,712kg of calamansi to PCAI during last year’s pilot run of the calamansi trading enterprise.
“This year, some 200 farmers are expected to deliver from 8,000 to 30,000 kg per week at prices negotiated with the farmers,” he added.
De Mesa said the priority commodities in each province were identified based on the value chain analysis and the provincial commodity investment plan (PCIP).