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Cutflower growers acquire packing center

Roxas City (9 June) -- Cutflower growers belonging to Capiz Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. (CMPCI) in Capiz will soon have their own packing center common service facility that would be of big help in their bid to keep hold of their share of the cutfoliage export market.

The project will be formally turned over June 16 to the cooperative by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Unit in Western Visayas headed by Regional Executive Director Larry Nacionales and the provincial government of Capiz headed by Gov. Victor Tanco.

The common service facility, based at the ESLA Governor's Mansion Compound at Barangay Lanot here, is part of the Diversified Farm Income and Market Development Project (DFIMDP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and funded by World Bank (WB) to help enhance the productivity and income of Filipino farmers.

CMPCI headed by its chairperson Llora Reyes has already been using the facility in preparing their cutfoliage exports since its installation in January of this year.

The cooperative has been exporting cutfoliages to Japan under a contract since 2006. This, despite the current economic downturn gripping the world.

President Arroyo has been carrying out a campaign to attract more foreign investments and buyers of Philippine exports, just as what she did during her visits to South Korea and Russia recently.

CMPCI was conferred the Globe Masigasig Award in 2008, a collaboration between Globe Telecom and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), for having been one of country's Most Outstanding Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the Visayas area.

Provincial Agriculturist Sylvia De la Cruz said Capiz is the first province in the country to implement the DA-WB project, beginning with a Farm-To-Market Road project in the municipality of Panay. (PIA-JSC) [top]

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