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DAR reports on agri-support projects in Kalinga

piaTINGLAYAN, Kalinga, March 25 (PIA) - - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office here reported  that the P30.3 million Bunog-Matoc communal irrigation project (CIP) in this municipality is 48 percent  accomplished while the P34M farm-to-market road (FMR) concreting and bridge component is scheduled for biding.

The projects are funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the form of grant  and implemented by the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISPIII) of DAR’s comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP).

Agustina Duyan, Chief Agrarian Reform Project Officer said the CIP project is on-going construction to be completed this year.

“The CIP project benefits the sub-tribes of Bangad, Dananao, Sumadel, Butbut and Tongrayan servicing a total area of 147 hectares while the Bugnay-Butbut FMR and two small bridges benefit  barangay Bugnay,” she said.

The project has also agricultural development and agri-business component catering to organic “Unoy” (heirloom rice) producers of Sumadel, Bangad and Tongrayan and organic beans production in Dananao.

Duyan said they provided training to farmers on organic farming that includes the production of foliar fertilizer and pesticides. Separate demonstration farms on both products are also maintained in Ambato and Dananao.

On livelihood component, Duyan said 15 piglets were distributed to 10 households in Ambato and 5 in Dananao in order to make women productive at home.

On the other hand, strengthening of irrigators association (IAs) through training was also done to capacitate IAs on making the communal irrigation system an income generating project and job creation project through payment of irrigation fees for maintenance and hiring of collectors and laborers doing maintenance work. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=171395723212

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