Save the farmers, their soil, our food
- To create a sustainable work & food system that would provide thousands of farmers and poor filipinos with perpetual work to feed their family by planting cassava on their own land; independently from userous banking institutions or controlling pro-gmo corporations whose goal is to enslave farmers on their own land indefinitely.
- To provide farmers with free certified ORGANIC seeds they can grow on their dry/unused land before GMO companies entice them into signing contracts that will render them prisoners of GMOs for life.
- This natural, non-genetically modified root has been a prime vegetable in the diets of farm animals such as pigs in The Philippines.
- Since cassava seeds need to be planted ONLY for the first harvest (the stems from the 1st harvest will be used thereafter), farmers need NOT to sign shady contracts with GMOs which will enslave the farmers.
We are in a process of forming an independent co-operative dedicated to farmers only, to promote the growth of cassava plants from certified organic seeds we would provide to them, and buy the stock back from them once harvested – 6-12 months later and sell it to a large, farmer-friendly supplier. As cassava grows on most soil condition and is harvested for many months at a time, due to its high volume to harvest, it will offer perpetual work to the farmers and thus consistent revenue.
Our team has already completed most formal administrative requirements with local agencies and was already contacted by a large commodity supplier, the San Miguel Corporation, who agreed to purchase the entire stock of dried cassava chips produced by the farmers of our co-op.
We are ready to build a 500 square meter cassava processing facility equipped with a granulator and a dryer, both needed for the processing cycle. Chipping is the first phase of processing but as it may be performed manually, we will not acquire a chipper as it will bring work and revenue to the people in need of work.
We conducted our own local survey asking for feedback about the project from local farmers. Surprisingly, all farmers had some unused or dried land, often due to lack of irrigation, they would allocate to this new project, should it be launched.
We concluded the survey a success when nearly 25 farmers were seriously interested in joining the future co-op and growing cassava. We also found that most farmers did not now what GMOs where; a degree of ignorance that explains why The Philippines is so gmo-friendly.
These are images of dried-up land with various types of crops these farmers have lost due to weather and lack of irrigated soil.
Ensuring Farmers’ Protection & Natural Products
We have already registered with the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) and will do the same with the Department of Agriculture and The Farmers’ Union. We will buy organic cassava seedlings & stems from a local, non-gmo, agricultural school and distribute them to the farmers.
Cassava Process after harvest
After picking the root, the stem must be chipped, dried, granulated, bagged and then sold to suppliers.
The Supplier’s Agreement
The co-op will sign a mutual exclusivity agreement with a supplier stipulating the supplier will buy the entire stock, while in return, the co-op will agree to sell its stock only to the supplier. The San Miguel Corporation is interested in participating in this program and already sent us the details of the potential agreement to purchase all future stocks from the co-op.
The Farmer’s Agreement
The co-op will sign a mutual exclusivity agreement for a period of two years with the farmer stipulating the later will sell the products financed by the co-op only to the co-op. After the second harvest, the farmer will be free to choose his own supplier or remain with the co-op.
Revenues & Productivity
Each hectare of cassava may produce an average of 35 tons per year (35,000 kg) yielding an average profit margin of $2,500 per hectare per year per farmer and each year thereafter incurring minimal expenses.
The average national salary is $1,200 per year.
After expenses, ALL PROCEEDS will be used to continue developing the work & food project by adding, as budget allows, the next commodity: RICE. We will also expend our information campaign to offer uneducated farmers an alternative to planting GMO products while remaining sole owners of their ancestral lands.
Facility and Machinery Cost
– The processing/storage facility will require a space nearing 500 square meter (which we already found) built in cement and wood next to the road for easy access. Estimated Cost: $4,000.
– The Granulator and Dryer machines will cost an averaged equivalent of $8,000.
– Additional costs: $500.
– To transport the packaged sacs of dried cassava at an average of 8 tons per month, we will require a 10 wheeler second-hand truck averaging $12,000.
Seed Cost (immediate need)
– Each hectare of farmer’s land will require the equivalent of $1,200 of seeds/stem that will be planted only once.
AMOUNT NEEDED TO BEGIN THE DISTRIBUTION OF SEEDS FOR THE FIRST 20 HECTARES: $21,000
(We can wait 8 months to acquire the machinery and equipment)
We thank you in advance for all donations you may contribute and will create a webpage on the ormocrelief.org website to display and update the development of the project detailing how donations where allocated as well.
Should we not meet our minimum budget requirements, we will proceed with the project without the truck, as we will be able to borrow one from a joining farmer until budget allows the purchase. The Department of Agriculture will also rent us the equipment at a reasonable rate until we can afford to purchase our own.
In the event you wish to donate equipment (chipper, dryer or granulator) instead of money, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for our local shipping address.
We only need financing that would kick-start the initial 20 hectares. The co-op will be able to cover the following expenses to future farmers thereafter. The co-op will donate a portion of its proceeds to the OrmocRelief.org Food Program to help those who cannot work for food. We will also implement an information/educational campaign to farmers in the Leyte area through distributed flyers explaining the details and the options the co-op may offer them.
Health Care Benefit
As the project grows, the co-op plans to offer a FREE health care coverage to all farmers that are members of the co-op for a yearly cost of around $250 per year.
Dried & Unused Land
Both destruction of natural irrigation systems like rivers and weather helm have forced rice farmers to limit their plantation during the rainy season, instead of all year round. Such change caused drying of rice fields which many farmers stopped harvesting. Growing on most soil with limited water, cassava is a feasible replacement for farmers who find themselves compelled to sell their dried up land to investors.
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