In a determined effort to empower coconut farmers and strengthen the coconut industry, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Region 10, in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), conducted a training session on the concept of supply and value chain for Coconut Farmers Cooperatives (CFCs). The event took place at De Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, and it served as a part of the implementation of the RA 11524: The Coconut Farmers Industry Trust Fund Act and the Coconut Farmers Industry Development Plan (CFIDP) under the major component on the organization and empowerment of coconut farmers through cooperatives program.
Recognizing the potential of the coconut industry and the important role played by coconut farmers, the government has undertaken steps to empower them through the CFIDP. This program aims to promote inclusive growth and sustainable development by fostering cooperatives among coconut farmers.
The training conducted by CDA Region 10 focused on the concept of supply and value chain in the context of the coconut industry. Understanding supply and value chain dynamics is crucial for the growth and success of any agricultural endeavor, including coconut farming.
The training was participated by thirty-six (36) cooperative farmer members identified under the CFIDP. To guide them in this endeavor, the organizers invited experts as speakers:
- Kimberly A. Bacasma – Senior Trade Industry Development Specialist (STIDS), DTI Region 10
- Christopher Leonard T. Casinillo – Senior Trade Industry Development Specialists (STIDS) – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), DTI Region 10
- Joebert A. Maglangit – Trade Industry Development Specialist (TIDS)
- Patrick Sam R. Elim – Regional Coconut Farmers Industry Development Plan (CFIDP) Coordinator, DTI Region 10
Each of these speakers brought their expertise and insights into the training, providing valuable information on supply chain optimization, value addition, market linkages, and the overall improvement of coconut-based products.
The training on the concept of supply and value chain for Coconut Farmers Cooperatives (CFCs) conducted by the Cooperative Development Authority Region 10 in collaboration with the Philippine Coconut Authority marks a significant step towards empowering coconut farmers and strengthening the coconut industry. By equipping farmers with essential knowledge and facilitating cooperation, the program aims to promote sustainable growth and prosperity for these essential contributors to the nation’s economy.