Boosting Livelihoods: PhilFIDA's Abaca Training Initiative in Negros Oriental

Date Posted 11 April 2024

The Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, recently organized a one-day Livelihood Training on Abaca Production, Classification, and Grading in Negros Oriental. Mr. Jose Dary Locsin TAU Head of RO VII led the event aimed to enhance farmers' abaca farming practices. Thirty-eight (38) enthusiastic farmers from the Tamlang Valley Integrated Farm Workers Association participated, demonstrating their eagerness to improve agricultural techniques.

The training covered crucial topics such as Abaca Cultural Management, Production Technology, Grading and Classification of Abaca Fiber, and the Installation and Operation of the Modified Abaca Stripping Knife (MASK). Industry experts like Mr. Locsin and Mr. Andy Baco of Regulatory Unit provided valuable insights into modern production techniques and quality standards while Mr. Cleiford Suante demonstrated the operation of the MASK, offering hands-on experience to the participants.

The training intended to facilitate the transfer of essential abaca farming technologies, ensuring farmers are equipped with the latest advancements in the field. It also emphasized the importance of maintaining high fiber quality to enhance market competitiveness and income generation.

PhilFIDA's commitment to empowering local communities and ensuring sustainable livelihoods was evident in this initiative, reflecting its dedication to agricultural development and prosperity in rural areas across the Philippines.