LUNA, Apayao – The Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR), conducted a three-day Capability Building Training on Cluster Development Plan and Basic Bookkeeping and Accounting for Non-Accountants in La Cuesta, Luna, Apayao.
The training is aimed to equip farmers belonging to various clusters (fishery, vegetables, HVC, fruit and rice farming) with essential knowledge on crafting cluster development plans (CDP) as they manage the business of running their farms or crop/fruit/fishery production.
Additionally, the training provides simple bookkeeping concepts and application as well as acquaints them with accounting principles relevant to their enterprises.
The training commenced on September 5 and will conclude on September 7, 2023.
Representatives from various cooperatives and associations were in attendance accompanied by Municipal Agriculturists in the province.
The first day of the program focused on the presentation of the CDP for revision purposes, while the subsequent two days will be dedicated to bookkeeping training.
Apayao is known for its abundant farm and fisheries production. Hence, DA-RFO-CAR selected the province, aiming to empower farmers with early knowledge of project processing. This move is designed to enhance coordination, organization, and the value chain system, ultimately boosting productivity compared to traditional, standalone farming and fisheries practices.
Under the Farm and Fisheries Consolidation and Clustering (F2C2) program, the establishment of partnerships and joint ventures, where “Big Brother” acts as a major supporter providing expertise in production, processing, storage technologies, equipment, logistics, and access to financial and marketing networks, will be a key strategy.
This collaborative approach is expected to benefit small brother associations, promoting the interests and conditions of Filipino small farmers and fisheries. It encourages the adoption of clustering and consolidation strategies, including the pooling of assets, labor, and resources, to strengthen community business enterprises. By PIO Apayao