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Coconut farmers are urged to sign up and benefit from the scheme.
On Monday, the National Coconut Farmers Registry was urged to be joined by all coconut farmers countrywide by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA).
Ramon Rivera, the deputy administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority’s Research and Development Branch, stated at the Laging Handa public briefing that doing so would make it easier for farmers to take advantage of the programs and benefits offered by the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan.
“Today, all coconut farmers and laborers have been registered in order for them to be able to harvest coconuts and be talagang lehitimo na nagsasaka sa ilalim ng niyugan. As a result, it is the mangangasiwa in coordination with the labing limang ahensya pa ng gobyerno for all of the provinces, the 51 PCA provinces, and the regional offices. “Here, all coconut farmers and workers will be registered so that they can be given attention and recognized as legitimate coconut farmers. In order to work with the other 15 government agencies, all provinces, the 51 PCA provinces, and the 12 regional offices would do so, he said.
As the nation observes the 36th National Coconut Week, Rivera made the comment.
According to him, it is past due for coconut farmers to enroll in programs that would help them increase their output, especially those who work on property that is no larger than three hectares.
Social protection for farmers is provided by these initiatives, which also include “health and medical program, crop insurance, scholarship and training opportunities, assistance to cooperative groups and hybridization, community-based farm enterprise development, rehabilitation and improvement, and common service facilities.”
“The provision of support services is being done jointly by us, with credit to be given. We also offer support services, such as credit, so mayroon po tayong credit portfolio na manggagaling sa Land Bank of the Philippines at sa Development Bank of the Philippines As a result, the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines have provided us with a loan portfolio, he continued.
The owners of coconut groves larger than three hectares are also urged to register.
In order to improve national registration, the PCA promised to step up its efforts to deliver invitations to regional offices.
There are currently three farmer representatives on the PCA board, one each from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Therefore, tuluy-tuloy ‘yung aming ginagawa… We currently have three farmer representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in the PCA Board. na maipaliwanag sa ating mga magni-niyog at stakeholders itong coconut farmers and industry development month at ‘yung mga aim. We continually communicate to our coconut farmers and stakeholders this industry development month and our goals,” the speaker added.
When it comes to providing provincial caravans and mall stalls for coconut farmers, the PCA said they will continue to pursue improving their coordination with the local government entities.
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