DTI turns over equipment to farmers’ cooperative-A A +A
Friday, March 7, 2014
THE Danlugan Farmers' Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DFMPC), which has more than 1,300 members, was chosen as recipient of equipment from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the agency's Shared Service Facility (SSF) program.
The set of equipment, consisting of a mechanical shredder, separator, and other implements, was turned over to the DFMPC in Barangay Danlugan, Pagadian City last Monday by DTI officials.
"We thank the Lord and the government through the DTI for these equipment that would help enhance our organic fertilizer production project," DFMPC general manager Herminia Magrenia said.
Magrenia said that at present, DFMPC can only produce around 30 bags per month of vermicast fertilizer, which they sell at P250 to P300 per 50-kilo bag.
The group now targets to produce at least 500 bags monthly with the new equipment it received.
"Market for vermicompost is not a problem. We have standing orders in thousands of bags from neighboring municipalities which we simply could not deliver, given the ‘pala-pala’ (manual method using shovels) we employ before. By mechanizing our operations through these machineries from the DTI, we should be able to produce more to meet a bigger portion of the burgeoning demand for organic fertilizer in the province," DFMPC Chairman Felix Tigoy said.
DTI Provincial Director Ma. Socorro Malate-Atay said that her office regularly extends assistance to DFMPC and this SSF equipment being turned over to the coop is but among the latest.
DTI Regional Director Sitti Amina Jain thanked Pulmones for his support even as she urged the Pagadian City local government unit (LGU) to fast-track the preparation of the project proposal for sausage production, which was proposed earlier by said LGU for DTI assistance.
"We are banking so much on the partnership of our LGUs in our project implementation to ensure the projects' viability and sustainability. I also encourage our project co-operators to adopt branding strategies so that both the product and the place get promoted at the same time and help counter the negative impressions people have about our region," Jain said. (Bong Garcia)