Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Sheila B. Enciso led the ceremonial turn-over of farm machineries and equipment to nine (9) agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) and eight (8) ARBOs in the 1st District and 2nd District, respectively, of Aklan, to boost the farmers’ livelihood activities and increase their income.
Enciso said the farm machineries were provided under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) and Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets and Microfinance (LinKSFaMM), being implemented by DAR under the Support Services Office (SSO).
Enciso said both projects aim to boost farmers’ household income by modernizing their farming practices through the provision of new farming equipment that would make these smallholder-farmers increase their agricultural productivity.
Enciso disclosed that under CRFPSP, DAR turned over five (5) units of delivery/cargo tricycles, one (1) unit rice cutter harvester, six (6) units collapsible dryers, two (2) units portable sack sewing machines, 1 unit vacuum sealer, 1 unit four-wheeled HP Tractor with mounted rotary tiller and 1-tonner trailer, 1 unit motorized grass cutter, 2 units power sprayers and 5 units knapsack sprayers.
“Under LinKSFaMM, DAR turned-over 1-unit Foton mini-cargo pick-up truck to Kalipunan ng Maliliit na Magniniyog ng Napaan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAMMANA MPC) located in Brgy. Napaan, Malay, Aklan,” she added.
Numancia Vegetables and Fruit Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative Manager Nida Abello, 59 years old from Brgy. Talangban, Madalag, Aklan said the delivery/cargo tricycles will help the cooperative in their catering services.
“These delivery/cargo tricycles will be of great help to increase the cooperative’s income, since it will be used by the cooperative for the transport of agricultural inputs and products as well as for the marketing of our produced. “ Abello said.