|Title:||Supply Chain Improvement for Bamboo: A Quasi - Integration Model for Region I|
During the year, the bamboo team made an inventory of the bamboo clumps by barangay in the province of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan. The bamboo team also continued to conduct training on value orientation and entrepreneurship. One team building activity was conducted at Pila, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur with the bamboo team and with the assistance of Ms. Mia Aranas of PCAARRD. During this activity, the farmer cluster members came up with a vision to make Cabugao the Center of High Quality Bamboo in Ilocos Sur. Another value orientation was conducted at the Free Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative in Sagayaden, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.
The project ended this year. Some of the lessons learned by the team were:
1) With the project, the furniture manufacturers are expecting the bamboo pole owners to meet their requirements as per volume and quality.
2) Pole producers and furniture manufacturers cannot easily come up with any transaction especially if the later has already established relationship with other pole producers not in the clusters offering lower price of poles.
3) Farmers have difficulty producing products without technical and financial assistance of the government or other financing institutions.