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    Phl tobacco farmers, manufacturer ink accord

    ORGANIZED tobacco farmers from Northern Philippines signed an agreement with a cigarette manufacturer to pursue joint projects designed to uplift the lives of their families, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported Friday.
    PIA said the partnership was sealed by Mighty Corporation President Edilberto Adan (Ret. Gen.) and Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos (Ret. Judge) with Mario Cabasal, head of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives, Inc. (NAFTAC) in Bauang town, La Union province last week.
    As part of the consultative meeting between 200 tobacco farmer leaders from Pangasinan, La Union, Abra and the Ilocos provinces and Mighty Corporation, the tobacco executives, through its Wong Chu King Foundation, Inc. turned over 16 units of hand tractors worth P2.5 million and 90 units of water pumps worth P1.1 million to chapter delegations from seven provinces in Northern Philippines.
    The federation’s Ilocos Norte group got two tractors and 12 water pumps, Ilocos Sur Bantay chapter- two tractors and three water pumps, Ilocos Sur Candon Chapter – two tractors and 20 water pumps, La Union Chapter – two tractors and 14 water pumps, Abra Chapter – two tractors and 11 water pumps, Pangasinan Chapter – two tractors and 13 water pumps, Cagayan Chapter – 2 tractors and five water pumps and the Isabela Chapter – two tractors and five water pumps.
    This was the initial gesture of support delivered out of the twin 10 million projects of the new major player in the cigarette industry.
    Federation president Cabasal expressed elation over Mighty Corporation’s earlier commitments to initially buy at least 10 million kilograms of tobacco leaves.
    “We are happy that Mighty Corporation has stood firm in its commitments to help the 65,000-strong tobacco farmers in the Philippines with its pronouncement this year to purchase 10-million kilograms of tobacco leaves,” said Cabasal.
    He also lauded the latest announcement by Mighty Corporation of a P10-million worth of programs to directly help tobacco farmers produce better quality tobacco.
    The three-pronged program included the donation of support farm implements like irrigation pumps and tractors, sponsoring new 100 college scholar grants for the sons and daughters of tobacco farmers and the institutional support for the annual search for outstanding tobacco farmers and cooperatives.
    “This is a big help to tobacco farmers,” added Cabasal.
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