LEGAZPI CITY — Nine Sorsogon-based agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) recently renewed their contracts with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Sorsogon Medical Mission Group Hospital and Health Services Cooperative (SMMGHHSC), to continue providing agricultural products for the two institutions.
“The renewal of contracts will ensure a steady source of income to farmer-members of the nine ARBOs for another year,” Sorsogon agrarian reform chief Nida Santiago said.
Under the terms, farmers will supply the institutional buyers with a year’s worth of rice, vegetables, root crops, and other food necessities. The institutions, on their part, will specify what they need and pay for the deliveries in cash.
She said the BJMP and the hospital will regularly purchase ARBOs’ products based on the prevailing market price.
According to Santiago, the ARBOs earned more than P600,000 last year from milled rice, homemade food, and vegetables grown on their farms.
“The farmers were able to meet the agricultural product requirements of the city jail, Gubat district jail, and Irosin district jail, which included eggs, sweet potatoes, cassava, vegetables such as bottle gourd (upo), eggplant, cucumber, bitter gourd (ampalaya), and stringbeans, as well as processed meats such as longganisa, tocino, and lumpia,” Santiago said.
She said that over 100 sacks of rice were provided by Mayon Farmers Association (MAFA) for hospital patients of Sorsogon Medical Mission Group Hospital aside from 10 sacks of rice per month from Sorsogon Agro-Aquatic Development Cooperative (SAADECO) and Capuy-Basud Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CABAMUCO).
The tie-up is the second marketing agreement under the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) project of the DAR, which aims to improve the food quality in city, district, and municipality jails in Sorsogon.
The three ARBOs that renewed their contracts with the BJMP were: Salvacion Farmers Development Cooperative (SAFADECO), Capuy-Basud Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CABAMUCO), and the Jupi-San Vicente Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Farmer Association (JUSAVARBEFA) of Gubat.
The other six ARBOs which renewed their marketing contracts with SMMGHHSC were: Sogoy Natural Agricultural Grower (SINAG) and Mayon Farmers Association (MAFA) in Castilla, Sorsogon Agro-Aquatic Development Cooperative (SAADECO) and Maharlika Development Cooperative (MADECO) in Sorsogon City, and Calateo Farmers Association (CAFA), and Gubat Special ARC Farmers Association (GSARCFA) in Gubat town. (PR)