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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

Banana (Musa sp.) is one of the most common and widely grown fruit crops in the Philippines. It is in fact one of the country’s major dollar earners.

 

The Banana Cluster is composed by the banana producers of Cavendish, Cardava, Latundan and Lakatan, banana chips processors, traders, academe, concerned government agencies and local government units.  Major industry players such as the Celebes Agricultural Corporation and Cabadbaran Fruits Corporation are members of the cluster.

 

The Celebes Agricultural, Inc. is one of the pioneering banana chips processors in Mindanao.  Its products are exported to Japan and Europe.

 

The Cabadbaran Fruits Corporation, a subsidiary of the AMS Corporation, has a 300-hectare Cavendish plantation in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte.  The company is also planning for the establishment of a 2,000-hectare plantation in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. 

 

For the local banana chip producer, the major challenge faced by the banana industry leans more on the lack of supply of raw material requirement from the local market. The Celebes Agricultural, Inc., with a capacity of 70 tons per day, had to source out most of its raw material requirement from other areas in Mindanao. 

 

The Banana cluster envisions itself to become a leading producer of organically grown and superior quality banana marketed by innovative and sustainable growers working within an environment of strong business collaboration among stakeholders. It aims to produce the best quality, organically-fresh and processed banana using environment-friendly farming systems, thereby increasing market acceptability.

 

The Banana cluster aims to expand its production area by 10,000 hectares in the next 5 years.  Other programs that the cluster wants to implement are the following:

 

        Provision of technical support, training and extension services to local banana farmers;

        Promote integrated farming and inter-cropping systems in order to increase the farmer’s income;

        Facilitate the establishment of tissue culture laboratories in the provinces to support the expansion program; and

        Implement regular marketing activities for the cluster.

Banana Chips Producers in Caraga Region

 

Name of Firm

Address

Capacity

tons/day

Actual

Production

tons/day

Celebes Agricultural Corp.

Baan, Butuan City

70

40

BFC Worldwide, Inc.

Baan, Butuan City

50

40

Projected Demand of Cardava

Caraga Region (2007-2009)

 

Year

Volume

Price

Amount

 

(in tons)

per Kilo

 

       

2007

        33,780           4.00  135,120,000

2008

        37,180           4.50  167,310,000

2009

        40,880           5.00  204,400,000

Total

      111,840    506,830,000
Source: Microplant Research and Development Center

Banana Industry Cluster Leadership Group:
 
  1. Romeo Sacro
      Manager, Celebes Agric'l Corp.
      Cluster Chairperson
 
  2.  Gregorio B. Orihuela
       Manager, JCADI
 
  3.  Aurelio S. Allada Sr.
       President, ADN-BC Federation 
       of Banana Growers
 
  4.  Rodante A. Tumbaga
       Chairman, ABSMULCO
 
Lead Agency:  DA-Caraga
Member Agencies:
 
  RAFC-Caraga
  Quedancor
  Land Bank of the Phils.
  Butuan LGU
  Agusan del Norte LGU
  Agusan del Sur LGU
  Surigao del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Sur LGU
  DLR-Caraga
  DOLE-Caraga
  RTWPB-Caraga   

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If you want a copy of the Banana Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any of the following offices:
 
      Carmencita S. Cochingco
      Regional Director
      National Eco. Development Authority- 
      Caraga Regional Office
      Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales St.,
      Butuan City
      Email: neda13@bayandsl.com
 
      Brielgo O. Pagaran
      Regional Director
      Department of Trade & Industry - 
      Caraga Regional Office
      764 Silaga Building, Capitol Avenue,
      Butuan City
      Email: dti13@hotmail.com,
                caragaclusters@yahoo.com
 
      Ricardo Regis
      Regional Executive Director
      Department of Agriculture -
      Caraga Regional Office
      DA Building, Capitol Compound,
      Butuan City
      Tel. No. (085) 815-2003/ 341-2114
 

For more information and investment assistance related to Banana production in Caraga, please call the following offices:
 
DA-Caraga - (085) 815-2003/ 341-2114
 
DTI-Caraga - (085) 342-5615
 
NEDA-Caraga - (085) 342-5774