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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

High Value Vegetables is a collective description for green and leafy vegetables, fruit veggies and root crops. Compared to other crops, high value vegetables command a higher value of income at around P200,000 to P500,000 gross income in every hectare per cropping.

 

The two biggest associations of vegetable producers of the region, the Caraga Vegetable Growers Federation (CARVEGEF) and the Cabadbaran High Value Agribusiness Development Association (CHADA), are members of the High Value Vegetable Cluster.

 

Despite the promising return of investments in growing high value vegetables, the cluster has difficulty in catering to the actual needs of the region.  Caraga has a shortage of 23,914.49 metric tons of vegetables, as compared to the region’s actual needs.  Thus, Caraga has to import vegetables from the neighboring regions.

 

Realizing the need for greater produce of high value vegetables, the cluster wants to be recognized as a sustainable producer of safe, high value and quality vegetables serving domestic and institutional markets through strong partnerships among stakeholders.  Its mission is to produce high value and quality vegetables using clean farming practices through private and government partnerships.

 

To achieve its vision and mission, the cluster has outlined the following strategies:

 

·        Establishment of production protocol for high value vegetable production;

·        Provision of reliable information which will help increase farm productivity and market penetration;

·        Advocacy on the adoption of clean farming technologies;

·        Establishment of the Caraga Farms, Inc. as the marketing arm of the cluster; and

·        Acquisition of farm machineries and facilities to support the local vegetable producers

 

High Value Vegetable Cluster Leadership Group:
 
  1.  Rympha Pulmones
       Cluster Chairperson
       Kaumahan Farm, San Francisco,
       Agusan del Sur
 
  2.  Ruben Bonaobra
       Bonaobra Farm
       Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte
 
  3.  Rene Monding      
      Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte
 
  4.  Dennis Sanchez
       Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte
 
 
 
Lead Agency: Northern Mindanao State
Institute of Science and Technology
(NORMISIST)
 
Member Agencies:
  
  DA-Caraga
  RAFC-Caraga
  DTI-Caraga
  DAR-Caraga
  Butuan LGU
  Agusan del Norte LGU
  Agusan del Sur LGU
  Surigao del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Sur LGU 

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The booth exhibit of High Value Vegetables Cluster during the launching of Caraga's Industry Clusters last May 16, 2005.  Visiting the exhibit are NEDA Regional Director Carmencita Cochingco and DTI Asst. Regional Director Alicia V. Euseña.

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If you want a copy of the High Value Vegetable Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any of the following offices:
 
      Carmencita S. Cochingco
      Regional Director
      National Economic 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
 
      Edgar Ignacio
      President, NORMISIST
      Ampayon, Butuan City
      Tel. No. (085) 342-3047 

For more information and investment assistance related to High Value Vegetables production in Caraga, please call the following offices:
 
NORMISIST - (085) 342-1079
 
DTI-Caraga - (085) 342-5615
 
NEDA-Caraga - (085) 342-5774