Through the FARM – Infrastructure Project Fund of Catholic Relief Services (CRS ) and Kadtuntaya Foundation Inc. (KFI) in coordination with the Local Government Unit of Senator Ninoy Aquino (SNA), Sultan Kudarat Province, three 450 square meter solar dyers have been properly turned over within the months of March and April for the barangays of Tinalon, Kadi and Kuden.
This project entitled “Improving Product Quality of Coffee Farmers for Better Market Opportunity,” is particularly in support to post harvest facilities for the coffee farming communities of the said town. The management and custody of the project will be under the control and supervision of farmer’s associations with strong and active participation of members based on the agreed utilization and sustainability plan.
The Municipality of Sen. Ninoy Aquino is not only known as the progressive supplier of coffee beans in the region; it also boasts as being the number one coffee producer in the Philippines and coffee production has been increasing each year with the assistance of the Local Governments and other support agencies like Nestle, Tricom and COINDECO.
The main objective of this latest CRS-KFI joint project is to provide accessible and readily available drying facility for the farmers in SNA for them to produce good quality green coffee beans, increase their income, reduce post-harvest expenses, and produce good quality dry coffee beans.
To ensure that the project will be sustained, the Barangay Council of each three beneficiary barangays allocated local counterparts during the acquisition of materials, actual construction, monitoring and maintenance.
During the operation stage, the main proponents and clusters will formulate policies to ensure proper recording of income and expenses for monitoring purposes. Cluster meetings will be also called regularly to update the members on the status of the project. At the project end, KFI and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist as well as the BLGUs will conduct continuous advocacy and monitoring.
Reported by: Lo Ivan Castillon