Capiz farmers to get P27-M coco facility


first_imgThe inauguration and turn overceremony set on Oct. 24 in Barangay Ondoy, Ivisan will be graced by PCAadministrator Roel Rosales, PCA-6 regional manager Jeffrey Delos Reyes,Department of Agriculture secretary William Dar, Capiz Gov. Esteban EvanContreras, Capiz 2nd District Rep. Fredenil Castro, Ivisan mayor Felipe NeriYap and other government officials. The project will formally be turnedover to the Capiz small coconut farmers marketing cooperative (CASCOFAMCO) ledby its chairperson Adan Laurilla. Alvarez said the project aims toempower coconut farmers by owning and operating their own small-mediumenterprise coconut processing facilities. Alvarez added that the completion ofthe P27-million Coconut Agro Hub Project in Barangay Ondoy, Ivisan, Capiz isexpected to spur not only the province’s economy but primarily the economicstatus of the coconut farmers.  Aside from the coconut oil and cococoir, the CASCOFAMCO’s facility had been producing virgin coconut oil, coprameal, copra cake and other coconut by-products. ROXAS City – Noel Alvarez, manager ofthe Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Capiz, said coconut farmers were assuredof income with the new multi-million worth of coconut facility in theprovince.    The settling tanks of the coconut oil facility in Barangay Ondoy, Ivisan, Capiz. The coco coir facility in Barangay Mianay, Ivisan, Capiz. center_img “These facilities are designed forvalue-adding to traditional coconut products, thus, create more jobs,additional income and livelihood to the farmers,” he said, adding that it willalso serve as a learning facility for those who are interested in village-levelprocessing. “This new coconut facility will createemployment, income and livelihood opportunities to the coco farmers,” Alvarezsaid. The multi-million Coconut Agro HubProject of the PCA, consists of the Coco Coir Processing Complex in Mianay,Ivisan, Capiz and Coconut Oil Processing Facility in Barangay Ondoy of sametown.  Meanwhile, PCA-Capiz informationofficer Rodulfo Doletin Jr. urged Capiceños to patronize the coco products heresuch as the coconut oil. “By patronizing our own product, weare helping not only the small coconut farmers but also the economy of theprovince,” Doletin said. He added that per their record, Capizhas over 54,000 coconut farmers, of whom more than 3,000 coco farmers aremembers of the CASCOFAMCO.(With a reportfrom PIA6/PN)last_img

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