The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Ifugao turned over a Mushroom Processing Center and Mushroom Production facility to the United Family Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UFMPC) in Sta. Maria, Alfonso Lista on December 5, 2023. This is a DAR project under Village-Level Farm Focused Enterprise Development (VLFED), with a total amount of 400,000Php.

Before the turnover ceremony, a series of trainings were conducted to equip cooperative members with the essential knowledge and skills required to properly process mushrooms. The turn over of the first and only mushroom facility in the province was led by DAR-Ifugao Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) Leonor Bascos and LGU Alfonso Lista representative Peter Adawe.

CARPO Bascos encouraged the cooperative to expand its membership and open the facility to the
community, especially to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries who are aspiring to engage in similar
income operating projects. In response, Mary Adawe, a member of the UFMPC, expressed her gratitude, “This is one of the greatest gifts received by the coop. Marikna mi ti gobyerno through the efforts of DAR nga tumulong kinyami nga farmers nga dumur-as ti biyag,”. DAR’s assistance doesn’t end here, as VLFED point person Catherine Yuzon will be assisting the coop through laboratory testing to secure DFA approval, ensuring the safety of their products for consumers.

Jamille A. Bautista

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