BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently conducted a seminar on Basic Cooperative Course to 34 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of farmers’ cooperatives and associations in Barangay Dulag, this city.
Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Andre B. Atega said the activity was aimed to capacitate the farmers on the fundamentals of cooperative formation, identify the importance of legal underpinnings of a cooperative and discuss further the plans, programs and policies of the cooperative.
Atega said among the participants were members from the Manila De Bugabus Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MDBMPC), Dulag Organic Farmers (DOF), Dulag Dairy Cow Farmers Association (DDCFA), Dulag Women’s Association and Barangay Dulag Organic Farmers Association Inc (BDOFAI).
He added that the seminar was held through the effort made by the DAR-Agusan del Norte in partnership with Propegemus Foundation, Inc. (PFI) to educate and empower the farmers and strengthen their organizations.
BDOFAI Chairman Lorenzo Salar, Jr. said the training is very timely and useful to cooperative members and officers like them as it provides relevant information on how they can improve their cooperative operations.
“I was challenged to further enhance and develop our cooperative with the updates provided in the course. I am thankful to the facilitators for enlightening us in the various topics discussed which enables us to increase our knowledge on the basic of cooperative formation,“ Salar said.
DDCFA chairperson Germa Bagasbas also expressed their gratitude to the organizers for allowing them to attend the said training.(Gil Miranda, PIO-DAR-ADN/PIA-Caraga)