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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has handed over the calamansi processing facility to a Pampanga farm.
Farmers in this province can now begin commercially processing and producing calamansi juice.
This comes after the Department of Agriculture (DA) handed over a calamansi processing plant to Eden Organic and Livestock Farm in Barangay Cabalantian, Bacolor, this province, on Tuesday as part of the High-Value Crops Development Program.
The development of the facility, with total funding of PHP949,749, intends to help increase the capacity of the recipient farm’s farmers in the production of calamansi juice.
On Wednesday, Jose Jeffrey Rodriguez, project development officer of the Department of Agriculture’s High-Value Crops and Rural Credit, said the project aims to increase the potential of their calamansi harvest by producing bottled juice drinks as an additional source of income, especially during harvest season.
Fr. Eddie Panlilio, a former governor of Pampanga and proprietor of the 2.5-hectare Eden Organic and Livestock Farm, expressed gratitude to the Department of Agriculture and other partner agencies for their assistance.
“Kami po sa DA ay talagang nandito para suportahan kayo,” she says. In terms of financing, marami pa po ang puwede naming maitulong sa inyo (We at DA are here to support you. There are many things we can do to assist you, particularly in terms of financing),” Rodriguez wrote on social media.
Eduardo L. Lapuz, Jr., DA Regional Technical Director, said his department’s doors are always open to meet the requirements of farmers and provide assistance within its means.
He also mentioned that the DA has given a facility and processing equipment to a farmer’s cooperative in Barangay Corazon, Concepcion, Tarlac, which will help 64 calamansi farmers.
According to him, the Concepcion Calamansi and Rice Producers Cooperative is currently manufacturing high-quality calamansi juice commercially.