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International Year Of Family Farming

Topdac Multi-purpose Cooperative came into existence when an MSAC-OXFAM-PBSP Program was initiated in September 1, 1978 by Dr. Carlos Buasen of the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC) now called Benguet State University. It started with Agricultural Skills Training that employed the services of two personnel-Mr. Robert A. Cayanos as community organizer and Mr. Guerzon Tianza as agricultural technician.

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Figure 1. BABUDEMPCO Main Office located at Bad-ayan, Baculongan Sur, Buguias, BenguetThe Bad-ayan Buguias Development Multi-purpose was established in July 10, 1968 as a Credit Union that transformed into multi-purpose cooperative with various services like lending, savings and time deposits, lodging, and consumers operations. Majority of its members are farmers engaged in the production of assorted vegetables traded in the local market. As an agri-based community cooperative that operates in various municipalities of Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province, its present asset based on the latest interim financial statement is about P 153 million. Recipient of various awards during its 42 years of existence, it is categorized as one of the large cooperatives in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), it ranked No. 5 in Benguet Province, 22nd in the CAR, and 283rd place in the Top 500 cooperatives nationwide based on CDA-Central Office data.

As of July 31, 2014, the cooperative has 4,087 regular and associate members composed mostly of small-scale farmers. The membership excludes 5,947 depositors of the cooperative who have not completed the required minimum share capital. Major commodities raised in the community include potato, cabbage, carrots, Chinese cabbage (wongbok), lettuce, cutflowers, and onion leeks.