Loan pro­gram seen to boost Ne­gocc rais­ers

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Provin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice (PVO) is up­beat that a loan pro­gram of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA), through the Land Bank of the Philip­pines (LBP), would help boost an­i­mal rais­ers in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

Lbp-ba­colod per­son­nel pre­sented the agency’s Agri­cul­tural Com­pet­i­tive­ness En­hance­ment Fund (ACEF) pro­gram dur­ing the monthly meet­ing of Al­liance Hog Rais­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal (Ahrano) at Koica Train­ing Cen­ter in Ba­colod City on Tues­day.

Provin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena said the loan pro­gram be­ing of­fered is in sup­port to the sus­tain­able growth of Pvo-or­ga­nized and as­sisted an­i­mal raiser as­so­ci­a­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

De­cena said 28 Ahrano mem­ber-as­so­ci­a­tions ex­pressed in­ter­ests to avail of the pro­gram.

“This will boost our lo­cal an­i­mal rais­ers par­tic­u­larly in terms of liveli­hood and in­come gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said, adding that “for us in the gov­ern­ment, it will com­ple­ment to our mea­sures on im­prov­ing agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

The ACEF pro­gram aims to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity of an­i­mal rais­ers by pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary credit op­por­tu­nity to them, their co­op­er­a­tives and as­so­ci­a­tions, and mi­cro and small scale en­ter­prises.

The pro­gram will en­able qual­i­fied in­di­vid­ual an­i­mal rais­ers to ac­quire loan of up to P1 mil­lion for the estab­lish­ment of pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties and other farm in­puts.

PVO, for its part, com­mit­ted to pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to all in­ter­ested an­i­mal rais­ers.

“We will help them in the prepa­ra­tion of their busi­ness or farm de­vel­op­ment plan pro­pos­als and bud­get,” De­cena said, adding that through this, rais­ers are able to eas­ily avail the loan pro­gram.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

PROVIN­CIAL Vet­eri­nary Of­fice per­son­nel headed by Provin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena (seated, sec­ond from left) with Lbp-ba­colod per­son­nel and mem­bers of Al­liance Hog Rais­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal dur­ing their monthly meet­ing at Koica Train­ing Cen­ter in Ba­colod City on Tues­day.

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