SURIGAO DEL SUR, August 19 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) thru the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) - Phase III held a turn-over of the irrigation system project to the rice farmers of
A total of 113 agrarian beneficiaries, mostly members of the Adlay Integrated System Farmers’ Cooperative (ADISFAMCO) were the recipients of the said project, it was learned.
Accordingly, the said irrigation facility can serve a total of 40 hectares of agricultural lands.
“For so many years, our land was not utilized because of no supply of water, but with the realization of the project we can now till our lands,” said ADISFAMCO chairman Angeles Derigay.
On the other hand, Carrascal Municipal Vice-Mayor Alfred Arreza expressed his gratitude in behalf of the municipal government to DAR officials for its continued support to the agrarian community.
“Finally, our farmers can now have a two-cropping a year. I can assure everyone that the local government unit will help in maintaing the project,” Vice Mayor Arreza said.
Meanwhile, DAR Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong, in her message, stressed that “hopefully the project will help alleviate the lives of the farmer beneficiaries and the department always supports the agriculture sector to address food security.”
The said activity was also joined by DAR Caraga regional director Faisar Mambuay, DAR provincial agrarian reform officer Benjamin Mataksil, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) project manager Engr. Helsy Bermudez, NIA Caraga regional director Encarnacion Soriano, LGU officials and ADISFAMCO members. (NGBT/with report from Myra Q. Yu-DAR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)