Mindanao-wide rubber congress pushed-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
KORONADAL CITY -- Following the success of the recent Mindanao Banana Congress, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Soccsksargen Region is pushing for the holding of another Mindanao-wide congress, this time for rubber growers.
DA-Soccsksargen regional executive director Amalia Jayag-Datukan confirmed she, along with the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council chairman Dionesio Bautista, led the preparations for the Mindanao Rubber Growers’ Congress.
Soccsksargen Rubber Producers Development Organization through its president, Edwin Gandingan, has also joined in the planning.
Datukan explained that she was encouraged to push for a similar activity by the response of the stakeholders to the Mindanao Banana Congress held in General Santos City on August 29-30.
She said, the event, which will revolve around the theme: “Empowering the Rubber Growers as Partners for Sustainable Economic Growth,” would focus on helping rubber growers learn new technologies that could boost rubber production not only in the Soccsksargen region but also in the entire Mindanao.
At the end of the congress, resolutions that would support the rubber industry are also expected to be passed for consideration by appropriate bodies.
The Mindanao rubber growers’ congress is tentatively scheduled on November 6–8 this year in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.
Besides discussions on important rubber technologies, the congress will also feature a field tour to rubber plantations in nearby Makilala town.
A minimal registration fee will be charged for the congress, she added.
This early, Datukan is calling on stakeholders to support the activity.
Data from the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCPD) of DA-Soccsksargen indicate that in 2012 the country produced 88,943 metric tons (MT) of raw rubber.
Of these, 27,869 MT were produced in Soccsksargen Region, which include the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato City. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 17, 2013.