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Timbayayong Award winners bared

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (7 August) -- The Municipality of La Libertad and Nagkahiusa Maguuma sa Guihob got the P200 thousand worth of project as first prize winner of the Timbayayong Award for Outstanding Local Government Unit & Non-Government Organization/People's Organization (LGU-NGO/PO) Partnership.

With 28 members, Nagkahiusang Maguuma sa Guihob has worked together with the local government of La Libertad on the production of liquid organic fertilizers such as natural fermented solution (NFS). The LGU has provided the group with farm implements which helped in the production of organically grown high value vegetables and root crops that generated some P10,000 sales.

In their desire to improve farmers' income, the organization intend to utilize the P200 thousand for additional farm tools, assorted vegetable, rice and corn seeds, NFS inputs and more capability trainings for the beneficiaries.

For second placer, Bayawan City government and Bayawan United Farmers Irrigators Association (BUFIA) received the P150,000 worth of project also from the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and NEGORNET (Negros Oriental Network of NGOs Inc.)

The association's project is funded by the Japan Banking International Cooperation (JBIC) worth P90 Million while the Bayawan LGU counterparted with P35 Million for the 300 hectares irrigated project planted with rice and vegetables by some 668 farmer-beneficiaries.

While, the Municipality of Valencia and Barangay Liptong Small Coconut Farmers Association (BLISCOFA), placed 3rd winner with P100,000.

The partnership between Valencia and BLISCOFA has started in 2004 when the local government through its comprehensive agriculture program pushed for the strengthening of the coconut industry in the town. This made upon the realization that about 80 percent of the farmers in Valencia are dependent on coconut farming.

With the ongoing expansion of the Virgin Coconut Oil operation, venturing into the production of its by-products like vinegar, ice cream, among others, Valencia government is providing an extension building for the BLISCOFA.

For Municipality of Bindoy and Danao Atotes Matobato Multi-purpose, and Municipality of Mabinay and PAGbAGO got the 4th and 5th places, respectively, to complete the five finalists for the award.

Meantime, fruit producers from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) signed a marketing agreement with Manila-based companies as a result of the 1st Minfruit Market Encounter for buyers and suppliers.

Amalia J. Dabukan, market development specialist of the Export Team of Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) said there were three agreements signed with Manila-based Agri Nurture Incorporated (ANI) with three Mindanao fruit grower associations, namely Shariff Kabunsuan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, PALMA Alliance of High Value Commercial Crops Association, and Kidapawan City Banana Growers Association.

The Shariff Kabunsuan MPC will deliver 2,000 kilos weekly of the Lakatan banana that will be shipped through Super Ferry to exit at the Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao FOB Manila.

The PALMA Alliance HVCCCA is composed of mango growers in the towns of Pigkawayan, Aleosan, Libungan, Midsayap and Alamada with a combined area of 50 hectares.

Dabukan said ANI will buy the yield of the land covered by PALMA and delivery will be by next year's harvest and ANI will buy the produce at the prevailing price. The farmers will ship the fruits exiting the Polloc Port in Parang and FOB Manila. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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