The Department of Agriculture National Dairy Authority-Northern Mindanao Department (NDA-NMD), in partnership with Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Region X and respective Local Governments Units of Osmeña and Midsalip, conducted a series of orientations on Coconut-Based Farming Diversification Through Dairy Integration Project at Osmeña and Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur on May 18-19, 2022.

The Republic Act 11524 or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act was created to help the coconut farmers raise their income, alleviate poverty and achieve social equity. Under the RA11524, the NDA has a 3.33% share of the yearly allocation to implement programs for the coconut farmers.

Mr. Romualdo I. Bongabong, Training Officer III of NDA-NMD, highlights the criteria, processes, and requirements in order for the coconut farmers to qualify as beneficiaries of the project.

The activity was attended by a total of 64 participants. Farm and farmers’ evaluation is set to follow.