DAR help to farmers, groups highlights 2013 accomplishment

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business mirrorA TOTAL of 6,499 farmers’ organizations with 921,378 members were provided various assistance and support services by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) this year.
More than half of these farmers were agrarian-reform beneficiaries (ARBs), said Anthony Parungao, DAR undersecretary for legal affairs.

From January to December a total of 3.24 million ARBs were also trained in organizational building and strengthening, leadership, enterprise development, farm technologies, product development and marketing, he said.

These trainings, he said, aims to make farmers more productive and self-sufficient, thereby allowing them to maximize the benefit of having their own land to cultivate.

During the period, Parungao said the National ARC Task Force also confirmed 70 agrarian-reform communities (ARCs). ARCs are cluster of barangays composed of ARBs that receive various support from the government.

During the period, Parungao said a total of 58,073 farmers became members of various organizations and cooperatives.

The DAR official also said a total of 12,524 Physical Infrastructure subprojects were completed in 2013. These projects included farm-to-market roads, bridges, irrigation, postharvest facilities either through local and foreign-assisted projects and the Agrarian Reform Fund.

Also, the DAR launched and completed a total of 2,128 basic social services subprojects such as health centers, potable-water supply, school building and classrooms, rural electrification and solar electricity supply.

Last, the DAR said around 550,615 ARBs benefited from credit-microfinance assistance from DAR credit programs and other credit and microfinance programs implemented by partner-institutions. (by Jonathan L. Mayuga, 25 December 2013)

Source: http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/business/agri-commodities/24892-d-a-r-help-to-farmers-groups-highlights-2013-accomplishment