The International Fund for Agricultural Development or IFAD, an international development financing institution based in Rome, Italy visited SIUFMULCO or San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Agusan del Norte on May 5-6, 2018.
The delegates led by Ms. Charlotte Salford, IFAD Associate Vice President for External Relations and Governance Department and Ms. Wei Wang, IFAD Director for APL and Special Adviser to the IFAD President were very pleased to hear the success story how SIUFMULCO has grown over the years.
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Mr. Andre Atega, said that delegation visited Project ConVERGE or Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development, which is investing around PhP180 million to assist more than a thousand abaca farmers in the municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao and Santiago (TUJAKITSAN) cluster.
The project implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform aims to develop the abaca industry to increase profitability of Agrarian reform beneficiaries and small holder farmers involving SIUFMULCO and other 20 Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) in the cluster.
SIUFMULCO takes pride of its current Php30 million assets. It was formerly assisted by the Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project (NMCIREMP) implemented by DAR and financed by IFAD.
Leonora Mila, SIUFMULCO Manager, said that they are very thankful for the DAR and IFAD project ConVERGE interventions and support services provisions that bring positive impact in the lives of the farmers in the cluster.
“The package of interventions indeed changed not only the acres of abaca plantation but also the way of life among the famers,” Mila added.
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