Negros coffee stakeholders, especially growers and community-based processors can avail of the credit assistance from the Land Bank of the Philippines through its Coffee 100 Financing Program.
Leila Jane Santander, LBP Lending Center account officer, said the program aims to increase the loan portfolio for the coffee industry, especially for coffee farmers and generate more employment in the rural communities by optimizing business opportunities in coffee and to align with the coffee industry roadmap supported by the government.
She said eligible borrowers are small farmers, MSMEs, cooperatives or associations, non-government organizations, countryside financial institutions, agribusiness enterprises and local government units.
PVO readies animal
raisers holistic drive
The Provincial Veterinary Office in Bacolod City will integrate a holistic approach to include values formation, moral recovery and spirituality in its duty to their clients starting this month, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.
In its PRO Lives Outreach Program, PVO will promote production of livestock, providing livelihood and improving the lives of raisers in the province. Implementers of the program are the eight PVO officers headed by Dr. Placeda Lemana.
Decena said the group is now in identifying livestock farmers in the southern part of the province for the first 2-day sessions on artificial insemination, pasture development, health extension services, marketing assistance, meat processing, moral recovery and values formation.
ARBs in NIR get P355M
The Department of Agrarian Reform Negros Island Region, that was ranked third among the DAR's 18 regional offices nationwide as of the 3 rd quarter of 2016,helped 120 agrarian reform beneficiary cooperatives to access P355,923,468.70 under its Agricultural Production Credit Program, DAR NIR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said yesterday.
This benefitted 3,539 ARBs, he said.
The DAR NIR is also starting to implement sugarcane block farms among 41 ARB organizations covering 2,789 hectares with a total project budget cost of P69 million in the 1 st phase and P55 million in the 2 nd phase, Leonidas said.