The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation, Coral Bay Nickel Corporation and Southern Palawan Federation of Farmers Cooperative (SOPAFFCO) in partnership with the Vegetables Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association of the Philippines (VIEVA Phils.) held its first “Bataraza Anihan Festival” last February 23, 2018 at Barangay Sapa to highlight the successful harvest of hawaiian ginger in local farms.
Seven months after the ginger was planted, the Sapa Farmers Producers Cooperative initially harvested 1,500 kilos while Sandoval Farmers Producers Cooperative (SANFAPCO) yielded 500 kilos. Other cooperatives and association that also engaged in Hawaiian ginger production will soon harvest their crop.
The VIEVA team demonstrated the actual and proper harvesting, the proper handling and cleaning of the ginger and sorting according to its sizes. The VIEVA technicians discussed and demonstrated the packaging for proper Storage. As per SOPAFFCO, the harvested ginger will serve as seedlings for an expansion program. It will be distributed to their members.
Prior to the Anihan Festival, the VIEVA Philippines conducted an intensive training on Hawaiian Ginger & Vegetable Production using the VIEVA Green Technology held last February 22, 2018 at RTNMC Badminton Court. There were 53 participants from barangay Buliluyan, Sapa, Taratak, Ocayan, Sandoval, Iwahig, Tarusan, Sitio Kulantuod, Proper Iwahig, and Sitio Bohoy.
“Sa palagay ko, isa ito sa pinaka magandang livelihood assistance na mula sa SDMP ng dalawang kompanya dahil mula sa paglilinis, staking, hukay may binibigay na assistance sa atin, walang ibang nakagawa nito at may ganitong suporta kundi sila lang, kaya dapat paghusayan at maging matapat tayong mga farmers para hindi masayang ang ganito kagandang opportunity,” Chairman Fhardi Adjimin said.
This is part of the Bataraza Sustainable Agriculture Food Production Program of the two companies. The project was initially funded by the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation as part of their Social Development Management Program lists as its primary beneficiaries are the members of the Southern Palawan Federation of Farmers’ Cooperatives.
The actual areas that were planted are 20.16 hectares and expected to yield 500,000-600,000 kilos. Through the continuous support of the two companies, the Municipality of Bataraza is hoping to become the “Ginger Capital” of Palawan.