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  • Tamaraw Salt Producers Cooperative (TAMACO)

    Poverty Alleviation through Intensification of Salt Farms Productivity and Capacity Building 
    The project aims to improve the salt farm industry of Mindoro by improving the quality and quantity of their salt. This will result in increased local market share and increased incomes for salt farm workers, producers, and allied service providers including the families.
    Occidental Mindoro (3 municipalities)
    2 years
    • 21 producers
    • 3,500 salt farmers and their families
    • 1,000 helpers, truck drivers, baggers and other allied service providers

    In the Philippines, the province of Occidental Mindoro contributes 40 percent of the country’s total salt production, 80 percent of which is produced by the Tamaraw Salt Producers Cooperative. However, the country remains dependent on salt imports. Around 80 percent of salt products in the Philippines is being imported. The cooperative continues to face challenges in terms of salt trading as it is being controlled by three large traders who are also major importers of salt. These traders dictate salt prices since producers are dependent on them for financing and trading. Further, there is no government body that regulates salt production and marketing.

    USAID, through the Philippine-American Fund, supports Tamaraw Salt Producers Cooperative (TAMACO) in improving the salt industry in Mindoro. The project increases the capacity and productivity of salt producers through the use of a salt washing and centrifuge machine. This machine will help TAMACO in producing quality salt which they can market with a competitive price. It will also pave the way for their salt products to be introduced to new markets. Salt producers also go through continuous training programs and learning visits to upgrade their knowledge, working skills and use of technology.

    During the quarter, TAMACO secured the certification from the Municipal Planning and Development Office of the Municipality of San Jose, which allowed the installation of the salt washing and centrifuge machine in Barangay Mapaya. The parts of the equipment were transferred to the warehouse in preparation for the installation in April 2017.

    The project also conducted a training on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) specifically on quality assurance in repacking iodized salt. The training was held on Jan. 20, 2017 and was attended by 13 participants (15 percent females) who were oriented on GMP by the Provincial Science and Technology Director of Occidental Mindoro. This training equipped the salt farm workers on the GMP for salt production and manufacturing which they can apply in their next salt harvest.

    The Tamaraw Salt Producers Cooperative (TAMACO) with 21 producer members, was organized in 2010 to address production and marketing problems of the local salt industry in Mindoro. The majority of the producers are small and medium scale with production ranging from 200-24,000 MT. Current production is estimated at 60,000 MT annually, or 80% of the total production of the province.
    Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) supported the cooperative in 2010 to increase the production of good quality, adequately iodized salt. The cooperative buys the salt of its members, then processes and markets the salt. Since its organization, salt prices have stabilized since TAMACO found for its members, alternative markets such as the Salt Fertilization Project of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
    Carlos N. Magsino
    BOD Chairman, TAMACO
    1028 Mabini St., Brgy. Pag-asa, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro