DA-PRDP completes fund transfer to SoCot cassava enterprise subproject

Agriculture • Sun Mar 5, 2017 09:25 AM  •  198   0
By Carl Ulysses Aguillon, DA-PRDP RPCO 12 InfoACE Unit
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Officials and the recipients of cassava production and marketing program from PRDP. (da-12)
Officials and the recipients of cassava production and marketing program from PRDP. (da-12)
KORONADAL CITY - The Polo Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Polo SN MPC) and the member-cooperatives of the cassava cluster of South Cotabato finally received the last tranche of the P39-M Production and Marketing of Cassava Granules Project of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

The checks worth P2.2-Million were the last tranche of the fund transfer from World Bank, Philippine Government and the Provincial Local Government Unit of South Cotabato as part of the cassava enterprise subproject.

South Cotabato Gov. Vicente De Jesus, representatives from the PRDP’s Project Support Office-Mindanao (PSO Mindanao) and Regional Project Coordination Office 12 (RPCO 12) led the turn-over of checks to the lead proponent group, Polo SN MPC, and its cluster members.

“Now that the entire 39 million pesos fund for this project was already downloaded to us, our members will be surely inspired to continue their venture in cassava and PRDP,” Elbert Damerez, Polo SN-MPC chairperson said.

Aside from this recent development, the lead proponent group also reported the completion of the construction of the three solar driers with warehouses and the vermicast facility.

The lead proponent group and the four cluster members already received the tractors, cassava granulators and chippers and other materials for the production support.

South Cotabato’s cassava industry provides livelihood to more than 40,000 farmers in the province.

The province has the highest average yield per hectare in the country with 34.51 metric tons produced.

The feed mill industry in the region is the main market for the cassava chips and granules, which are processed for animal feeds, with Polo SNMPC aiming to supply the required volume.

PRDP is a six-year government platform designed for an inclusive, value chain-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

It will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture and jointly funded by the World Bank, national government and local government units.
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