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Vegetable producers, input dealers, traders, and other support service providers in Benguet convened for a stakeholders’ consultation to validate the draft Value Chain Analysis (VCA) for Highland Vegetables on August 16, 2018 in Baguio City.

“As part of the VCA process, all concerned government agencies as support service providers including private sectors involved in the commodity flow should validate all the information incorporated in the commodity VCA,” said Susan D. Balanza, head of the I-PLAN component of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Regional Project Coordination Office – CAR (RPCO-CAR).

The stakeholders’ consultation intended to ensure the reliability and consistency of data and other elements identified in the VCA.

“It is a venue where representatives from concerned government agencies and private sectors to agree or disagree and to add more of the functions and other relevant information in the VCA draft,” added Balanza.

Dr. Fernando R. Gonzales, hired consultant for the VCA, presented the draft VCA for highland vegetables. He discussed the overview of the vegetable industry, the nature and structure, the markets and market opportunities, the constraints and opportunities among others.

Accordingly, the commodities included in the VCA for highland vegetables are cabbage, chinese cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, garden pea/ sweet pea, bell pepper, lettuce and snap beans (pole).

As Dr. Gonzales presents the constraints and opportunities for highland vegetables, the participants including representatives from the Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) of Benguet reviewed the data presented and gave their comments and recommendations.

Upon the revision of the VCA draft incorporating the inputs from the stakeholders, the document will be submitted to the PRDP Project Support Office (PSO) for review and approval.

The value chain approach refers to the free range of activities required to bring a product through various stages of production, including physical transformation, inputs of various producer services, and response to consumer demand. It is said to determine the value created in a product or service which results from a determined set of value-adding processes and the participation of actors of the sector when carefully implemented.// Elvy Taquio (DA-PRDP RPCO-CAR InfoACE Unit)

 

RPCO-CAR I-PLAN Component Head Susan D. Balanza gives her input during the presentation of the draft VCA for Highland Vegetables in a Stakeholders’ consultation held on August 16, 2018.


A van load of newly harvested banana on the way to the market in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

 

A banana enterprise proposal recently received a go by the Project Support Office (PSO) Luzon A Cluster of the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) to start its business of consolidating and marketing raw banana (cardava).

The Duram-Cudal Multipurpose Cooperative in Cudal, Tabuk City, Kalinga is now allowed to start with the procurement of its proposed equipment, and machineries needed to start its banana business with the assistance and close coordination of Kalinga local government unit.

This came up after the PRDP’s PSO Luzon A Cluster has reviewed the final business plan of their proposed enterprise under the I-BUILD component, and have found that all requirements have been complied with, according to the No Objection Letter (NOL1) sent by the former to the DA-PRDP Regional Project Coordination Office in the Cordillera.

According to the business plan, the banana trading suffers postharvest losses that reach up to 20% caused by lack of appropriate facilities, tools and equipment since most products are picked up along roads or sheds. Moreover, hauling and handling costs are identified as added constraints, thus the proposal.

The P13.2-million proposed “Banana (Cardava) Consolidation and Marketing” plans to consolidate unripe cardava bananas at one site equipped with proper facilities to preserve the quality of bananas for trading.

The said plan further projects that with the aim of increasing direct income of banana farmers by at least 28%, the enterprise also wants to provide a ready market of at least 1,283,310 kilograms of cardava from banana farmers on its first year of operation with a gradual projected increase of at least 10% annually.

This project aligns with the PRDP’s aim to increase farmers’ income as a development project since the Cooperative shall prioritize catering to banana farmer-members prioritizing them as suppliers of the product.//MBZabala (RPCO-CAR InfoACE Unit)