PCARRD Project to Develop Model for Abaca Supply Chain - CT

Researchers from the Bicol University Research and Development Center are aiming o develop a business support model of coordination among chain actors in the abaca supply chain.

The endeavor, funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), is the second phase of the project dubbed "Supply Chain Improvement for the Abaca Industry in the Bicol Region" that originally covered Catanduanes, Albay, and Camarines Sur.

The first phase – Evaluation Research – was completed in 2008 and analyzed the supply chain of abaca fiber, pulp, cordage, and yarn products from abaca, resulting in a supply chain map showing the flow of products, information and payment and determining the efficiency, flexibility and overall responsiveness of a particular supply chain.

Director Arnulfo MascariƱas of the BU R&D Center, said the second phase, which will have Catanduanes as pilot area, targets the sustained application of product grades and standards to improve the efficiency of the abaca supply chain.

Last week, the research team met with supply chain actors to explain the findings of the phase one study and to gather issues and concerns that could affect the implementation of the pilot study.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 12 December 2009