Tandag City – A total of 238 farmers are expecting a more secure farming experience after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Surigao del Sur recently distributed 377 hectares of agricultural land in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
“I have been working in this land, assisting my parents who are tenants, since I was 13 years old,” said Nestor Lureman, 47, one of the farmer-recipients from Carpenito Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.
“Now I will work as the land owner,” Lureman added.
He received three hectares of farm lots in a farmer’s summit held last March 7, 2019.
Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of the Field Operations Office encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to make the land productive.
For her part, DAR Undersecretary Emily O. Padilla of the Support Services Office led the distribution of farm equipment worth P2.9 million to 12 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBO) in the province.
The farm machineries handed include a 35HP tractor, seven hand tractors, four grass cutters, four rice reapers, one water pump with complete accessories, one cultivator and tiller, and one corn sheller and husker.
These equipment were given to the following ARBOs: Kilusang Pagbabago Lingig Farmers Assoc., San Isidro Palay Assoc., Limot Banacod Patong Irrigators Assoc., Bayabas ARBs Assoc., Esperanza Farmers Marketing Coop., Bunga Samahang Nayon Multi-purpose Cooperative, Barangay San Jose Water Users Assoc., Pocto Coconut Farmers Association, Binati Lateral-H Irrigators Assoc., Tigao Farmers Development Coop., Maticdum Farmers Multipurpose Coop., San Roque Producers Coop., and San Isidro Labrador Palay Assoc.
Padilla assured the farmers that the DAR, under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will continue to consider the welfare of the farmers.
“We will implement projects that will improve your farming and increase your income,” she said.
DAR Caraga Regional Director Leomides Villareal thanked the presence of Governor Manuel Alameda and Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel and heads of the partner agencies for gracing the ceremony. (By Joie L. Ceballos with report from Myra Yu)
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