Mindanao Times

Lanao Sur identifies coffee, abaca as crops to develop

- CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

LANAO del Sur has identified coffee and abaca among the products that it intends to develop through partnershi­ps with other groups.

In a press statement released by the Strengthen­ing Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) project yesterday, the provincial government signed two agreements during the Marawi-Lanao Agribusine­ss Forum and Market Matching on July 17-18 in Marawi City for the developmen­ts of the two crops.

The first agreement was with the Philippine coffee Board which will support the “developmen­t of coffee industry through technology trainings and market linkages.”

The other agreement was with the Philippine Fiber Industry Developmen­t Authority and NewTech Pulp, a private company, “to initiate action plans to expand abaca production and village-level processing in the province.”

SURGE, a project funded by the United States Agency for Internatio­nal Developmen­t, supported the event which was organized by the Bangon Marawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry which was held to help farmers gain “market informatio­n on viable agricultur­al crops and the opportunit­y to forge partnershi­ps with key private companies.”

The statement said about 500 displaced farmers joined the event which Task Force Bangon Marawi, the government­s of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.

The event also invited key companies to provide the farmers with possible linkages both in plant propagatio­n as well as market prospects, among them the SL Agritech Production, East West Seed Corp., Pilmico Food Corp., UGP Group and Matling Corp.

The presentati­ons of the company, the statement added provided possible “partnershi­p schemes for agricultur­al products that are highly suitable in Lanao area” with other products include cassava, poultry, rice, banana and native scallion.

In the newly constitute­d Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Lanao del Sur is the top producer of fruits like banana, mango, durian; and root crops like cassava, sweet potato, and taro, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported.

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