P13.5-million farm machineries: DAR chief showers Caraga beneficiaries with early Christmas gifts

news reg 1 pix 1 october 9 2018BUTUAN City – Christmas came early for 12 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) in Caraga Region after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) gifted them with some P13.5 million worth of farm machineries here over the weekend.

DAR Secretary John Castriciones also distributed individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award, covering a combined area of 2,878.5 hectares, to 2,097 farmer-beneficiaries during the ceremonies inside the jampacked Agusan del Norte Capitol covered court.

Castriciones said the provision of farm machineries aims to encourage farmer-beneficiaries “to work harder, make the farms awarded to them more productive and raise their standards of living.”

“Parang nanalo na rin kami ng jackpot sa lotto (It’s like we’ve won the lotto jackpot),” Juanito S. Denso, chairman of the Ima Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, said after Castriciones led him to the new 35-horsepower tractor that was parked just outside the covered court.

Also gifted with four-wheel drive tractors, each worth P1.1 million, were the Balilaycar Farmers Marketing Association, Gamao Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bayabas ARB Association, Cantapoy ARB Cooperative, Magaud ARB Cooperative, Jamafo ARB Cooperative and Oil Palm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.news reg 1 pix 2 october 9 2018

Castriciones also gave away a combined rice harvester, worth P1.86 million, and a rice transplanter, P247.520, to the Southern Agusan Seed Producers Cooperative (Sasepco) and to the Alipao Multi-Purpose Cooperative. Meanwhile Rural Improvement Producers Cooperative and San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative were each given a rice transplanter.

“Maituturing na maagang pamaskong handog para sa amin ang mga makinaryang pansakahan na ito (These farm equipment are early Christmas gifts for us),” Sasepco chairman Edwin Tabano said.

While the lucky ARBOs were joyful about the good fortune that befell them, Roberto Simbajon, 80, felt he was on cloud nine as his family receive three land titles, one for him, another for his wife, Ada, 76, and still another for his son, Nathan, 46.

“Thank you very much, Secretary. We will forever be grateful to you for making our dreams come true,” Ka Obet, as Mr. Simbajon is fondly called, said.

The Simbajons were among the 2,097 farmer-beneficiaries who were each awarded with their respective individual land titles.

news reg 1 pix 3 october 9 2018Photo 1: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones poses with DAR-Caraga personnel after they checked the farm tractor of Gamao Multi-Purpose Cooperative, which is one among the recipients of P13.5-M farm-machineries turned-over by the DAR to Caraga Agrarian Reform Benefeciaries.

Photo 2: Mang Danilo Soriente from Agusan Del Sur displays his Certificate of Land Ownerhips Award covering three-hectares of farmlots.

Photo 3: DAR Secretary John R. Castriciones delivers his messages to 2,097 farmer-beneficiaries of Caraga region.

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DAR launches farm business school program to boost entreprenurial skills of Agusan farmers

news reg 1 pix 1 august 9 2018To boost the entrepreneurial skills of farmers in Agusan del Norte, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has launched a farm business school (FBS) program to effectively manage their farm produce and optimize their profitability.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre Atega said the FBS aims to develop agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) become agricultural entrepreneurs.

“We want to make their farms profitable and make them understand the ins and outs of business to that they can respond to market challenges,” said Atega.

“Building up the capabilities of agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in handling and marketing their farm products is among the priorities of DAR,” added Atega.

The FBS will benefit farmer-members of ARBOs belonging to the Dona Rosario certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) Holders Vegetable Producers Association (DRCHVPA) and the Kabayawa Sala Farmers Association.

The farmers will be taught on bookkeeping, cash flows, market surveys, labor, product selling, product costing and proper packaging of their products.

The farm business school is established by the DAR, Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DAR-ATI) and the local government of Tubay. (Gil Miranda, Information Officer)

Photo : The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the conduct of a farm business school (FBS) with partners, third from left : Prov'l Dir. Brenda Corvera, ATI Rep. Engr. Joel M. Laure, Tubay Mayor Fidel Garcia, PARPO Andre B. Atega, MAO Delma Vasquez, Tubay Vice Mayor Raquim Cuyos, and CSWD Officer Evelita Regis.

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DAR provides credit assistance to 2,796 ARBs in Caraga

news reg 1 pix 1 july 27 2018Some 2,796 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Caraga Region are now assured of credit and insurance program assistance under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) of the government.

The credit assistance worth P52.1 million were provided to 24 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

This was reported by DAR Assistant Regional Director Daylinda Narisma during the department’s 2018 mid-year performance review and planning session held in Tagaytay City.

“The credit assistance is being utilized by the farmer-beneficiaries for land preparation and farm cultivation including seeds, fertilizer and other expenses until they are able to harvest their produce,” said Narisma.

APCP aims to provide credit assistance to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) or ARB households channeled through organizations, like ARBOs, or other conduits which were not given the chance to access credit from other lending institutions. This project is aimed to support the farmers’ individual or communal crop production.

Narisma added that aside from loans to finance crop production, APCP ensures sustainable production of crops and increase the income of ARB household members and at the same time strengthening the ARBOs. The project also aims to improve the capabilities of ARBs through the provision of institutional capability building activities. 

The Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) is a joint credit and capacity development project of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform and Land Bank of the Philippines aimed at providing credit assistance to farmer organizations and ARBs who are not yet qualified to avail of LBP’s financing programs. 

The DAR’s performance review and planning session is currently being conducted from July 24-27, to resolve and address problems in implementing agrarian reform.

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DAR cites progress on P180-M project for abaca farmers in Agusan del Norte

news reg 1 pix 1 may 31 2018.jpegAGUSAN DEL NORTE – The P180-million project for the Abaca Value-Chain Project for the abaca farmers in the province of Agusan del Norte is now making progress, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the area reported.

The project was implemented through the Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The project covers the towns of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao, and Santiago in Agusan del Norte.

Based on its concept, the project aims to increase the profitability of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), smallholder farmers, the Indigenous Communities and women groups who are part of the network of San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) and 20 other participating Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations ARBOs in the area.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega disclosed that most of the project is funded by a loan from the IFAD with counterpart funding from DAR, Local Government Units (LGUs) and farmer-beneficiaries.news reg 1 pix 2 may 31 2018.jpeg

The project was already approved last October 2015 and took off during the last quarter of 2016, said Annelyn R. Chan, the project coordinator of ConVERGE in DAR-Agusan del Norte.

She added that a total of P55.6 million was already allocated for the project from the total cost that will be utilized for its full implementation from this year until 2021.

With the very active participation of all project stakeholders and partner-implementers, Team ConVERGE in DAR-Agusan del Norte was able to deliver the two-year target in a span of one year, she noted.

news reg 1 pix 3 may 31 2018The project has already conducted eighty 80 classes with 13 types of capability enhancement trainings to 21 farmer-groups; provided 12 mobile abaca stripping machines; one unit 10-wheeler hauling truck and provided planting materials and other farm inputs to 10 ARBOs covering 300 hectares.

This year, Chan said the project will start the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads in the coverage areas to provide the ARBs and ARBOs easy access to the market centers in the area. 

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