A NON-PROFIT international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness has vowed to hasten the implementation a US-funded agricultural program in Mindanao.
Acdi/Voca has identified 10,600 farmers as beneficiaries of the four-year Usda Food for Progress Mindanao Productivity for Agricultural Commerce and Trade (Minpact) project, which aims to boost productivity in agriculture with focus on the cacao, coconut and coffee farming.
Felonious Trimmel, chief of party of Acdi/Voca-Usda, said Minpact has been designed to increase productivity and income of small cocoa, coconut, and coffee farmers in Southern and Western Mindanao. The project was first implemented in 2014.
"We identified some 10,600 farmers to be the beneficiaries of the program," he said.
He said that of the total identified beneficiaries, some 7,800 are cacao and coconut farmers engaged into intercropping practice.
"Biggest bulk of our beneficiaries are cacao and coconut farmers because main farming system that we are promoting is the intercropping of cacao with coconut," Trimmel added.
Acdi/Voca and its partners take part in strengthening farmers' capacity and that of other value chain players for improved farm management, increased productivity, product quality, available services, and access to markets.
The Minpact is a $9.3-million budget project.
The project also supports the expanded use of improved agricultural inputs by providing capacity building and grants to nurseries and seed production facilities.
Other project approaches are facilitating adoption of new and/or improved processing equipment or system designs to reduce post-harvest losses and improve quality and providing grants to processing facilities to improve and rehabilitate post-harvest handling equipment, among others.