ILOILO – Thousands of coffee and cacao planters here may opt to venture into plant now pay later plan to sustain their livelihood and increase their household income.
Crops Division Chief Winnie Grabato of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office explained that the plan, which is payable for three years, has two options for farmer partners.
The first option offers discounted rate of payment for planting materials should they pay in cash. The discount varies depending on the survival rate of cacao or coffee.
If 91-99% of the planting materials survive, it will be free of charge. But if the survival rate falls below it, the following discounts apply:
-70% discount for 81-90% survival rate
-60% discount for 71-80% survival rate
-50% discount for 61-70% survival rate
-Full payment (P50 per seedling) for 51-60% survival rate
The second option offers the same discounted rate of payments only that it will be in a form of quality root stocks and scions for cacao and quality bud sticks for coffee.
Around 62,000 cacao seedlings worth P4.4-million have been delivered to Iloilo from Talisay, Batangas as part of cacao and coffee development project of the provincial government.
Cacao Coordinator Leonardo T. Geraldino said they will soon organize technical trainings and other capability building activities to farmer partners willing to provide agricultural inputs (e.g. labor, fertilizer, pest and disease management control).
Farmer partners must be owner, tenant or lessee of the farm where cacao or coffee seedlings will be planted and will be certified as bonafide beneficiary of the project.
Cacao is highly suitable in Passi City, Calinog, Dingle and Dueñas, while coffee is highly suitable in Lambunao, Calinog and Janiuay.