LBPTE expanded a father’s opportunities to sustain family needs

Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 Published Date

Adriano Dacurin, 36 has been farming for 10 years and continues to expand his farm through the help of the Leyte Banana Production and Trading Enterprise (LBPTE).

“Throughout my farming experience, my income is now tripled per week. This helps sustain my family’s needs, especially my child who is eight years old and is on her elementary grade,” he said.

Adriano, being the head of his family was emotional in sharing how his family struggled before. “I used to sell three to five buns of bananas only and earn Php 500.00 in a week. No matter how we budget the money, still it was not enough. Until, my wife decided to leave for Manila to work as a helper.”

As his family needs increase, he works harder to increase the income through banana farming. This becomes his family’s bread and butter aside from his wife’s which amounts to Php 6,000.00/month.

To make more earnings, he was encouraged to join the Tinaguban Farmers Association (TFA) in their community. The group helped him in selling his harvests and learn other farming techniques.

Through the help of various government agencies, TFA’s activities continued to progress.

The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), through its I-REAP Component provided assistance to the group through an enterprise intervention. Out of 11 associations, TFA was chosen as the lead proponent for the banana production and trading enterprise, and serves as the main market for the other sub-proponent groups. These subgroups are those who supply the goods to be sold.

“We buy their harvests at Php 8.00 per kilo and sell them in public markets for Php 9.00. With these, we are able to help other families in selling bananas at an affordable price.” Santiago Hamtig,Jr., Tinaguban Farmers Association President revealed.

He proudly shared how their association started to which now has a growing enterprise, together with other farmers across the province of Leyte. “Our realization after Typhoon Haiyan brought us to the success that we have now. From a simple exchange of thoughts, we have become an accredited association and was introduced to PRDP.”

Being one of the members of TFA, it is now more convenient for Adriano and other farmers from Brgy. Tinaguban, Carigara, Leyte to sell their harvests in the consolidation center built in their barangay. They don’t need to transport their goods to the town market for more or less 30 minutes habal-habal drive.

To date, TFA has 47 members, and a total 404 farmers are able to benefit the assistance of the said project.  (JENNINA JUNE LEIRA L. BROSAS, Information Writer, PRDP RPCO 8, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, InfoACE Unit Head)


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