January 29, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Two cooperatives here are the latest beneficiaries of postharvest processing facilities from the national government.

The Challengers Agriculture Cooperative of Barangay Bulo and St. Williams Farmers Credit Cooperative of Brgy Calaccad received funds for for postharvest facilities.

“The government supports cooperatives to become competitive and sustainable. Continue developing the potential of your community because success depends on your community members,” said Enrique Baliang, who represented Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero during the turnover program.

He encouraged cooperatives to apply for accreditation, saying this helps them become eligible to avail of government assistance.

Provincial Fishery Officer Joyce M. Ducyogen urged members of the cooperative to build a strong rapport for them to be productive.

She said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will assist them through training on processing fishery products to enhance the market potentials of these products.

The facilities, worth P500,000 each, were funded through the Special Area for Agricultural Development program of the Department of Agriculture. Kalinga is one of the beneficiaries of the SAAD program. – Rodelyn Foronda