DA-AMAD XI AND FREEDOM INC; A WORKING PARTNERSHIP TOWARDS IMPROVING THE VEGETABLE MARKET INDUSTRY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO
With so much willingness to help the farmers and vegetable industry in the region, the Department of Agriculture XI – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division through the Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) Inc. initiated a Market Assessment Study for Vegetables in Davao Region. The study aims to understand thoroughly the factors affecting the vegetable market and to craft a design for Agri-Investment Program for vegetable industry in the region. One of the activities undertaken was the Regional Market Assessment Workshop conducted last July 27, 2017 at Homitori- Sta. Ana Davao City.
The workshop aims to validate all the information gathered during survey and focus group discussion conducted in the above-mentioned provinces and to identify the problems encountered by farmers in marketing their product.
The workshop was actively participated by Vegetable Farmers, Buyers, Consolidators, Agricultural Technicians, and High-Value Crops Coordinators from the four provinces to wit; Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao as the major city in the Region. Also, the participation of Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao (VICSMIN) Inc. and Philippine Statistics Authority – Davao took a big part for they have contributed a lot of information and data integral to the completion of the study.