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Iligan yellow corn farmers advance into entrepreneurship

Jam Salazar | July 31, 2019

On the 25th year of Hindang Banana Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (Hindang MPC), its members crossed a milestone by enriching what they already knew about corn production. The 35 farmers, who were among those affected by the Marawi siege, completed a training session on land preparation for crop utilization, crop management, and yield improvement presented by Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico.

With the training program, Hindang MPC members learned how to plant yellow corn more efficiently and were introduced to new agri-related trends, technologies, and farm management strategies.

 

Members of the Hindang Banana Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (Iligan City) during the pilot Training and Farm Demonstration under the new agri-preneurship joint project of Aboitiz Foundation, Pilmico, Jardine Distribution, and the Department of Agriculture.
Members of the Hindang Banana Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (Iligan City) during the pilot Training and Farm Demonstration under the new ‘agripreneurship’ joint project of Aboitiz Foundation, Pilmico, Jardine Distribution, and the Department of Agriculture.

 

Providing farmers with the opportunity to enhance their capabilities comes after Aboitiz and agricultural firm Jardine Distribution introduced a yellow corn production project aimed at helping Hindang MPC farmers in Iligan City become more efficient ‘agripreneurs’ after the demand for their bananas declined as a result of the conflict in nearby Marawi City.

The corn production project covers a five-hectare cropland and is projected to yield approximately 33 tons of yellow corn. In addition, Aboitiz Foundation will also implement a separate project that will strengthen the organizational management of the cooperative.

Nagpapasalamat kami sa Aboitiz Foundation at Pilmico sa pagbibigay ng panibagong opportunity na ito. Aside po sa mga trainings at financial assistance ngayon, binigyan po ulit kami ng pag-asa para palaguin ang aming Coop. Ngayong taon po ipagdiriwang namin ang aming 25 years at tamang tama po ang pagkakataong ito para sa amin. Sana po ay maging matagumpay ang ating proyekto at maging supplier kami ng yellow corn sa Pilmico. (We would like to thank the Aboitiz Foundation and Pilmico for giving us this opportunity. Aside from the training sessions and financial assistance, they also gave us hope to grow our cooperative. This is timely because this year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We wish for the success of this initiative and we look forward to being Pilmico’s yellow corn supplier.

– Larry Coracol, Chairperson, Hindang MPC

Aboitiz Foundation has been providing training and coaching sessions, uniform, corn seeds, and farm inputs to the participants. The Foundation will also provide a pool of external trainers and experts who will work with the farming technicians from Jardine Distribution to ensure proper technology transfer. The project will monitor the production volume and quality based on the requirements of Pilmico.

Maribeth Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation’s First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, expressed her gratitude to all the partners that made this project possible. “To the farmers and members of the Hindang Multipurpose Cooperative, we hope that our activities will grow into something that translates to sustainable farming and agri-preneurship,” she said.

Our goal is to ensure that the cooperative becomes stable, profitable, and competitive in the years to come. This is aligned with the Aboitiz Group’s promise of advancing business and communities by co-creating safe, empowered, and sustainable communities.

– Maribeth Marasigan, FVP and COO, Aboitiz Foundation