(Cotabato City) The Second Agrarian Reform Community Projects (ARCP2), a foreign-assisted project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), will enhance its support to a major activity in the development and marketing of value chain adding enterprises in the different agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in ARMM. A contract was inked with Roberto Ma. Arquiza in a meeting with DAR specialists last Wednesday, August 5 at the Department’s regional office here. He will serve as regional value chain development specialist.
This value-adding projects involves partnership with professional business development service provider with expertise on product design branding and marketing to extend technical support in enhancing the existing agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) products in the ARCs. Support includes technical assistance, design, packaging and labeling innovations for products of five identified ARB organizations.
ARCP 2 agricultural enterprise development consultant Luz Ani said, “the value-adding program will increase the productivity of an enterprise and will open more opportunities for the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in terms of employment and market linkages.”
“With the development of these enterprises with value-adding to their products, it will put them at par with other competitive enterprises in the world market,” procurement specialist Romeo Maningas said.
ARB organizations benefitting from this program are Modern Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Taliogon ARC, Ganassi, Lanao del Sur for a medium-scale turmeric-based tea project for P406,200; Matilak Production Marketing Cooperative, in Matilak ARC, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao for rice-duck integration with value adding worth P493,750; Sta. Clara Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative in Sta. Clara, Lamitan City, Basilan for the enhancement of value-adding for coffee production and marketing at P468,000; People’s Alliance for Progress Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Sultan Jamalul Kiram ARC, in Panamao, Sulu for value adding for civet coffee enterprise funded at P464,500; and Kasambuhan Multi-Purpose Cooperative with Simunul Economic Entrepreneur in Baguid ARC, Simunul, Tawi-tawi for the enhancement of organic dried hot pepper processing, packaging, labeling, and marketing worth P400,000.
Specialists discuss the work plan with the business development service provider who will extend his technical expertise in the enhancement of ARC products.
Agricultural enterprise development consultant Luz Ani facilitates the orientation for the business development service provider and the contract signing.