The Farmers’ Congress, one of the activities held in Guimaras in line with its week-long Manggahan Festival, was highlighted by the turning over of livelihood checks to nine farmer-associations on Monday.
Six of the nine farmer associations have been identified under the Livelihood Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) 2000-II Program while three received assistance under the Department of Agriculture-Ginintuang Masaganang Ani-High Value Commercial Crops (DA-GMA-HVCC) program.
The programs which are jointly implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and provincial government of Guimaras aim to help generate the capital build-up for the association, promote entrepreneurial skills and capabilities of members and provide other livelihood needs of the farmers in the province.
Report from the information office of the Guimaras provincial government disclosed that the beneficiaries received a check with a total amount of P946,100 in a simple ceremony held at the Guimaras Trade and Information Center.
The associations that benefited from the LEAD project included the Igbantang/Tabuk –Suba Small Farmer’s Association, Tocdo-Kuripao Small Farmers Assn., Sitio Odyong San Miguel Farmers Assn., KGMA sa Lebas Inc., Mabini Limers and Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, Guimaras Mango Growers and Producers Development Cooperative.