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Negosyo Center San Luis Conducts SMERA Training on Abaca Twining in the Municipality of San Luis, A Move to Help Promote Agri-preneurship Among Abaca Growers in Aurora


With the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) advocacy to create more entrepreneurs in the countryside, the Negosyo Center in San Luis has advocated its campaign on farmer entrepreneurs' development.  The promotion of agri-business is one of the key strategies adopted by the   Negosyo Center in San Luis to create more economic and employment opportunities in the area, particularly the marginalized farmer sectors. 


A 2-day SME Roving Academy (SMERA) Skills Training on Abaca Twining was held last October 7-8, benefiting a total of twenty-six (26) abaca farmers who are all members of the Balitwak Farmers Association, a group of abaca growers in Aurora.  With the group's vision of aiming to become a self-reliant and productive organization, the Negosyo Center San Luis led by its  Business Counselor Florelyn Caniete, opted to implement a SMERA Training for the group for the reason that all the members are into abaca production and to create value-adding activities,  a skills training is needed.  The training proper was handled by experienced abaca growers and processors in Dinalungan, Aurora.


The activity was made possible in close collaboration with Mayor Ariel De Jesus and his Municipal Agriculture Officer, Ms. Lourdes Esmundo, and PhilFida Officer Mr. Jovito Bumatay.


With the 2-day training, the group produced abaca handicraft prototypes such as abaca macrame bag, souvenir items, planters, coasters, and even packaging material twine use for longganisa making.


Mayor De Jesus was appreciative of the effort done by DTI-Aurora through its Negosyo Center in San Luis, and seeing the prototypes and new products produced by these farmers made him commit support to push the promotion of the abaca industry in the Municipality of San Luis.  He committed to providing two sets of twining machines for the group to help them start their livelihood projects on abaca processing. On the other hand, PhilFIDA led by Mr.  Bumatay sees the urgency of assisting these abaca growers in supporting whatever projects they will have to venture.   A promise to seek assistance from PhilFIDA for the provision of abaca fiber making machine was expressed, and this made the group hopeful about their abaca processing project.


The Negosyo Center in San Luis sees the excellent opportunity for conducting the SMERA Training on Abaca Twining in San Luis in its goal and advocacy to help create farmer entrepreneurs in the area and the entire province of Aurora.  The abaca industry of Aurora is one of the priority industries DTI is pushing for promotion and development.



                                                                                           ------------FLORELYN A. CANIETE

                                                                                                           Business Counselor

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