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PIA Press Release
2006/11/22

SLEM coop to launch guaranteed fresh vegetables project with farmers

By Erna Sy Gorne

Southern Leyte (22 November) -- Local farmersí vegetable products here will be assured of certain market as soon as Guaranteed Fresh Vegetable project which will establish G-Fresh Shop in the locality thru the Southern Leyte Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (SLEM COOP) as its major partner.

An initial group of 25 farmers from the municipalities of Macrohon, Padre Burgos and Malitbog and the City of Maasin have already planted eggplant, ampalaya, bell peppers, among the priority vegetables identified in the project. SLEM Manager Engr. Jessie Quilantang disclosed in an interview with PIA.

The vegetable production project which was earlier launched by the Provincial Developing Rural Industries and Village Enterprise (DRIVE) Committee is funded by the German Development Services (DED).

The SLEM Coop, who took over the vegetable production project this year, set up a demonstration farm at Barangay Ibarra adjacent to SLEM Housing Project area. Quilantang added.

In close coordination with the Department of Trade Industry Provincial Office, the project aims to produce vegetables in the locality and to further facilitate for sure market for the locally produced vegetables, it was learned.

According to Quilantang, the products of the farmers- partners shall be sold to the cooperative. These farmers are also associate members of the SLEM Coop.

He further said that the project has been considered as an outreach program of the cooperative. Aside from helping the farmers to be economically stable, SLEM would like to respond to the needs of the community with low price prime commodities. (PIA Southern Leyte) [top]

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