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Farm Konekt and DA Join Forces to Revolutionize Agricultural Market Access and Income



FarmKonekt and Project Zacchaeus Marketing Cooperative (PZCMC) has entered into a significant partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA). The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed on June 28 at the DA Field Operations Service (FOS) room, promises to enhance market access and income for farmers and fisherfolk across the Philippines.


A Vision for the Future


John Vincent Q. Gastanes, CEO of FarmKonekt, stands at the forefront of this initiative, envisioning a future where Filipino farmers are empowered with cutting-edge tools and resources. Gastanes expressed his excitement about the partnership, emphasizing its potential to inspire and equip farmers to thrive in an increasingly dynamic agricultural landscape.


"We are thrilled to collaborate with the DA to bring innovative solutions to our farmers," Gastanes said. "This partnership is not just about providing technology; it's about creating opportunities and fostering a sense of hope among our agricultural communities."



Innovative Integration


The collaboration will integrate FarmKonekt's advanced farm management platform with several key DA programs, including the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Scale-Up, the Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2) Program, and the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS). This integration will leverage tools such as the Consolidated Matchmaking Engine, Digital Clustering System, and Farmer Accelerator Program to drive competitiveness and sustainability in the agricultural sector.



Empowering Farmers


At the heart of this partnership is a commitment to capacity-building. FarmKonekt will offer comprehensive programs focused on market access, financial literacy, technology adoption, and training. These initiatives aim to provide farmers with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate and succeed in a rapidly evolving agricultural environment.


DA Undersecretary Roger V. Navarro highlighted the transformative potential of the partnership. "Today's MOA signing signifies a strong commitment to coordinated action for agricultural transformation," Navarro stated. He emphasized that the collaboration would facilitate farmers' and fisherfolk’s access to vital resources, financial options, insurance, and market opportunities.



Strengthening Cooperative Capacities


The partnership also seeks to bolster the capabilities of DA-supported farmers' cooperatives and associations (FCAs) by encouraging the adoption of digital technology. This strategic move is expected to significantly improve market access and increase income for these groups, ensuring a more prosperous future for the agricultural community.


DA Assistant Secretary U-Nichols A. Manalo lauded the initiative as a pivotal moment in the pursuit of sustainable and excellent farming in the Philippines. "By integrating FarmKonekt's innovative ideas with PRDP Scale-Up, F2C2, and AMAS, we aim to boost productivity, foster inclusive growth, and empower our farming communities," Manalo emphasized.



A Gathering of Visionaries


The MOA signing event was a convergence of influential figures dedicated to agricultural advancement. Attendees included PRDP National Deputy Director Angelita Martir, DA-AMAS Director Junibert E. De Sagun, IREAP Component Alternate Component Head Leny G. Pecson, F2C2 Director Ricardo M. Oñate Jr., and Project Zacchaeus-FarmKonekt COO John Moses C. Lozada, among other representatives.



A Promising Horizon


This partnership marks a significant step towards harnessing the power of technology and innovative business strategies to secure a brighter future for the agricultural sector in the Philippines. With leaders like John Vincent Q. Gastanes and the DA working hand in hand, the vision of empowered, prosperous, and resilient farming communities is well within reach.

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