DA breaks ground for PRDP-funded rubber facility in Butuan
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) broke ground for the construction of the infrastructure component of the Integrated Rubber Production and Marketing Project of a farmers cooperative in Butuan.
The P8.4-million project is part of the P22.4 million approved enterprise subproject for Km. 7 Farmers’ Producers Cooperative (Km7FPC), which comprises the construction of a warehouse, seedling production building and seedbed to support the rubber growers of the locality.
“This project will surely help us reach our target of 500-hectare increase in rubber plantation per year. We also have started helping the rubber growers of the neighboring municipalities and not just the cluster members here in Butuan,” said Km7FPC General Manager Nilo Calipayan.
Calipayan said they currently have a cumulative rubber planted area of around 1400 hectares for all the members of the cooperative and he is expecting an increase in production after the completion of the project from PRDP.
The projects funded by PRDP targets to help the cooperative to act as the service provider for the prospective rubber growers in Butuan City and will be providing inputs, tools, budded rubber planting materials of recommended clones considering that Km7FPC is an accredited Rubber Nursery of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).