DAR AgNor to nominate Jabonga coop as 2016 outstanding org

piaBUTUAN CITY, Mar. 7 (PIA) -- The Baleguian Organic Farmers’ Irrigators Association (BOFIA) is being eyed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as this year’s outstanding organization for its excellent performance and impressive growth. The coop has now an asset worth P40.5 million, an achievement done in just three years when they were just worth P1.9 million in 2013.

BOFIA was registered in 1977, since then, it has been the agency's partner in providing basic services to farmers and in managing projects like irrigation facilities with the National Irrigation Association (NIA), provincial government, the local government unit of Jabonga, and other stakeholders.

Because of BOFIA’s performance, DAR turned-over four projects worth more than P51 million. Some of these interventions were under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project phase III (ARISP-III) composed of Irrigation System (IS) and Farm-to-Market road (FMR) amounted to more than P33 million and P12 million, respectively.

The irrigation system has a potential service area of 180 hectares that served more than a hundred farmer-beneficiaries. Connecting the farmers and market is a well cemented 1.892 kilometer FMR which was completed and turned over in 2011.

BOFIA’s success and effectiveness is not only in managing and accessing infrastructure projects. It  also availed credit under the Agrarian Production Credit Program  (APCP) amounting to P3 Million for rice production inputs to match the farm equipment funded under Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) worth P4.3 Million.  

In a ceremonial turned-over of CIS and common service facilities last February 4, 2016, BOFIA chairman Winefredo Maldo expressed gratitude to DAR ARISP-III and NIA for the support services provided to BOFIA. “This is a blessing to the farmers in Jabonga . . . indeed, it’s a dream come true,” Maldo added.

ARISP III National Project Manager Cristy Dagdag, urged BOFIA to take care of the projects as it would greatly contributed in raising farm income and productivity to the farmers of Jabonga. “BOFIA is fortunate being one of the recipients of the ARISP III projects. It could bring progress and uplift the socio-economic condition of the farmers,” Dagdag added.

DAR Caraga regional director Julita A. Ragandang said that DAR’s partnership with NIA and the local government resulted in more development projects for the agrarian reform community in Jabonga. “But it is the unity and the strong will of the farmer-beneficiaries that prompt this project to be realized,” Ragandang added.

DAR Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega congratulates BOFIA for this year’s excellent performance in realizing its dream, as it could bring a great help to the farmers in Jabonga town.

Board Member Danny Moran, representing the Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba said  that the provincial government is a crucial ally in rural development in partnership with DAR, NIA and other stakeholders.

Under the President Aquino administration, these support services bring socio-economic benefit  to the farmers  as well as  total human development in the countryside. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1701457316991/dar-agnor-to-nominate-jabonga-coop-as-2016-outstanding-org