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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DAR constructs road, installs potable water for coffee farmers in Surigao Sur

news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 12 2018TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur – Coffee farmers from the interior areas in this municipality will no longer have a hard time transporting their products months from now as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) began the concreting of a farm-to-market road from Sitio Mabuhay to Barangay Kahayagan.

A groundbreaking ceremony led by DAR 13 Regional Director Engr. Felix B. Aguhob and Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso was held last February 6, 2018 in Brgy. Kahayagan, Tagbina, Surigao Sur.

Aguhob said the concreting of the 4.67-kilometer road is funded under the DAR Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development (ConVERGE).

“This road project worth P30.9 million is expected to aid the value-chain process of the coffee products in Tagbina,” Aguhob added.

Mayor Naraiso, for his part, thanked the DAR in behalf of the people of Tagbina.

“Out of 19 municipalities in Surigao del Sur, it is our Tagbina who is blessed to have this road and water project,” the mayor said.

Along with the kick-off of the road construction was the groundbreaking of a potable water system project in Sitio Mabuhay.

Aguhob said the water system project will be a great help in the production and processing cycle of coffee farms.news reg 1 pix 2 feb. 12 2018

Strengthening of support services to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) is among the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to DAR.

The President’s mandate has also been reiterated by Secretary John R. Castriciones during his visits to the regions and provinces since January of this year.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Benjamin Mataksil encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries and the community to take care of the project.

“Let us work together so that these projects will help realize the dreams of Tagbina coffee farmers for a better quality of life,” he stressed.

Arlyn Ruiz, chairwoman of the Kahayagan Water System Sanitation Association (KAWASA) said the water project will greatly help not only in their livelihood but more so in their day to day living.

She furthered that with easier household chores, they will have enough time to attend to their children and their livelihood.

Seventy (70) households in addition to the existing 300 households would benefit from the P2 million potable water project.

news reg 1 pix 3 feb. 12 2018For Carmelita Samoya, member of the Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative (MKCGC), the road project, which they have been dreaming for a long time, will greatly help them in their coffee production and processing business.

“Finally, we can now experience a better road. Thanks to the DAR”, Sayoma said.

The MKCGC started with 140 member-farmers who are recipients of land award from the DAR in 2010 but have started growing coffee since 1965.

Under Project ConVERGE, the MKCGC will be the lead organization of the Coffee Production, Rejuvenation, Processing and Marketing project.

Project ConVERGE is jointly funded by the Government of the Philippines represented by DAR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). (Joie L. Ceballos/DAR CARAGA)

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