208 oil palm farmers to benefit from mechanical harversters
Trento, Agusan del Sur – Some 208 farmers working on 228 hectares of oil palm farms here are set to benefit from a shared service facility granted recently by the local office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The equipment provided by the DTI in Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) in support of the province’s oil palm industry cluster consisted of four (4) mechanical oil palm harvesters worth P 400,000.00.
Board of Director Franklin Granada, designated project in-charge of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project: Support to Improve Harvesting of Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFBs) of the Cuevas Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries MPC (CARBEMCO) in his acceptance speech during the project launch last May 24, 2016 promised to take full responsibility and make full use of these facilities. “This is quite timely because our rehabilitation efforts with our oil palm farms are now literally bearing fruits,” he added.
DTI-AdS officer in-charge Brenda B. Corvera thanked the cooperator (CARBEMCO) for the commitment to take care of the equipment. She also challenged them to raise funds from the fees they will be charging to cover the maintenance expenses and if need be for the replacement and procurement of more units in the future.
The shared service facility will allow harvesting of up to 200 fresh fruit bunches in an eight-hour operation instead of the usual 70 to 80 bunches when doing it manually.
The oil palm farms in Barangay Cuevas are one of those heavily damaged by Typhoon Pablo in 2012.
By: BRENDA B. CORVERA