Farmers' coops to get 2 more coco coir facilities

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Sunday, January 5, 2014


TWO coco coir processing facilities, amounting P3.68 million, are set to be turned over this year to two Davao-based cooperatives under the shared service facilities (SSFs) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), an official said.

Candido H. Limikid, DTI-Davao City senior trade industry specialist, told reporters on Friday that the two coco coir facilities amounting to P1.840 million each will be released this year to Talomo River Multipurpose Cooperative in Calinan and Farmers Development Cooperative in Barangay Kadalian, Marilog District.

"Its current status is pending at the central office but some of the equipment for the facilities have already been procured and we are just waiting for it to be delivered here," Limikid said.

Arnulfo J. Gana-an, DTI Davao division chief for small and medium enterprises development division, said since the project costs more than P1 million, its approval will be processed at the central office.

Gana-an said aside from the two coco coir processing facilities, a P1.3 million dark chocolate processing facility in Calinan is also under pending status.

"We also have three intended projects for abaca processing wherein some 50 units of abaca processing equipment will be procured, amounting to around P350,000," he said, adding that they already identified the operators for the project and are awaiting for the final proposal from the operators.

There were also applications for processing equipments and facilities for dishwashing liquids and garments.

In 2013, eight SSFs were released to the city by DTI 11 in Davao City, namely: a P378,000 Abaca processing facility in Carmen; P985,000 pineapple processing facility in Barangay Cawayan operated by the Davao Agri-Ventures Corporation; P420,000 coconut coir in Brgy. Tungkulan operated by the Tungkulan Farmers Cooperative; P900,000 banana powder processing facility in Brgy. Daliao operated by the Progressive Highland Cooperative; P880,000 meat processing facility in Fatima, (6) P60,000 gift, toys, and housewares equipment in San Vicente; P400,000 assorted fruits processing facility in Calinan operated by the Food Processors Association of Davao City; and P900,000 banana powder processing facility in Brgy. Subasta operated by the ERB Agriculture Cooperative.

Gana-an said the SSFs are provided to different enterprises to help improve their productions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 06, 2014.

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