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February 09, 2014 1325

MOA on ARCCESS Project

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to conduct Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Enterprise Support Services (ARCCESS) project at a ceremony held recently at SDSSU campus, Tandag City last July 3, 2013. The MOA covers the Organizational and Enterprise Needs Assessment and Design Assessment of the proposed “Rice Production and Palay Trading” and “Crop Trading.” These are to be… Read More..
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Feb 09, 2014 1109

Farmers Lead 25th CARP Anniversary

The Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Agusan del Norte led the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) where more than a thousand of farmers joined the motorcade and a farmers’ forum was held last June 14, 2013 in Agusan del Norte. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay said, “All we have done so far is addressing the challenges in bringing the CARP implementation process towards the successes of the… Read More..
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Feb 09, 2014 1081

DAR Gears Up For Mechanized Farming

The Department of Agrarian Reform in the province of Agusan del Norte through Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (DAR-ARCCESS) recently conducted a 2-day formulation of Policies, Systems and Procedures (PSPs) and orientation of Common Services Facilities (CSFs) for mechanized farming held recently at Brgy. Tagabaca, Butuan City and Baleguian, Jabonga. The ARCCESS program is a government led initiative to help farmer beneficiaries transform from mere producers… Read More..
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Feb 09, 2014 943

DAR Agusan Norte Surpassed Land Distribution Target

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte has set a record breaking 160 percent performance in land distribution from the annual projection of 1,370 hectares even before the 1st semester ends. As early as June 15, 2013, records showed that the office distributed a total of 2,198 hectares of agricultural lands to 1,248 farmer beneficiaries against this year’s target of 1,370 hectares. The remaining fifteen (15) days of the 1st semester is focused on the delivery of the additional… Read More..


Quirino’s Success Story

An income of more than half a million annually for an agrarian reform beneficiary is a feat.
 
 
success-story-Quirinos-success-storyQuirino Martil was born in Barangay Culit, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. His parents were from Cebu who migrated to the town in 1948 and became farmer-tenants of the landed Lamanilao family.
 
Raised in a rural community, Quirino’s life started in soil tilling and appeared to be destined as a farmer. When he married in 1968, Quirino purchased the land cultivation rights of a Lamanilao tenant named Gomez. Gomez introduced Quirino to the landlord as his replacement and readily acknowledged. This was the beginning of a tenant-landlord relationship with Quirino as a full-fledged Lamanilao tenant.
 
The new tenant-farmer planted corn for a start. He failed in the first try and two subsequent attempts. Quirino almost lost all his savings. He did not seek the help of anyone but persevered to make the land productive by himself.
 
In 1973, Quirino was awarded with a 2.8-hectare under DAR PD27 farmer-beneficiaries. Quirino was not convinced that the program could help and make him productive. He doubled and even tripled his efforts for the sake of a growing family. He planted corn during dry season and rice during rainy season.
 
In 1976, he bought a space at the Nasipit Public Market to sell meat to augment his income. He sold his carabao as capital to start his new business. Eventually, Quirino became a market meat vendor on Sundays and a full-time farmer from Mondays to Saturdays.
 
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Because of Quirino’s hard work, he was able to send his children to school. His two sons earned their college degrees in Cebu City and another became a seaman on a foreign vessel. His eldest son finished nautical engineering and became a ship captain.
 
When the government awarded to him the land he was cultivating, Quirino was motivated to make his land more productive. He applied for diversified farming and planted his land with mangoes and high-value crops. The Department of Agriculture noticed Quirino’s creativeness and rewarded his effort with the “Most Outstanding Farmer in Agusan del Norte” award.
 
Quirino built a concrete house near his farm, which he estimates the cost to have reached more than a million pesos.
 
Exuding confidence of his success, /Quirino remained humble by saying, “I am grateful for what the Department of Agrarian Reform has done to me and my family. Its programs have transformed me from a mere dependent to a productive and empowered farmer.”