Five farmers organizations in Makilala town in North Cotabato recently received livelihood projects amounting to P1.5-Million under the national government flagship program Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Marion Abella said that the Kisante Fisheries Association, Kisante Flower Growers Association, Bulacanon Irrigators Association, Bato Farmers Association, and Sto. Niño Farmers Association each received livelihood project P300,000 worth of farm inputs and other enterprise development projects.
“These peace projects are the answers to the needs of the people in the community to jumpstart their business enterprises and improve the quality of life in agrarian reform areas since the community is greatly involved in identifying their priority livelihood projects,” Abella said.
“More than 100 direct farmer-beneficiaries, who are members of the associations are set to benefit from these livelihood projects, he added.
Abella said the villagers of Barangay Sto. Niño would no longer worry for a long hike to Poblacion Makilala for a kilo of rice since the Sto. Niño Farmers Association has proposed the establishment of a “Bigasang Bayan” project.
The Bulacanon Irrigators Association was granted a mini truck for its rice processing enterprise and the Sto. Niño Farmers Association was provided agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides.
“The mini truck will be of great help in our rice processing. We will worry no more for the transportation of our harvest,” Joel Abinsay, Bulakanon Irrigation Association Vice President, said.
Abinsay also said the mini truck would be helpful in delivering sacks of milled rice to nearby villages.
Meanwhile, the Kisante Fisheries Association and Kisante Flower Growers Association received 120 bags (505-510 fingerlings per bag)of tilapia fingerlings with floater and grower feeds for their tilapia fishpond project,and 1,800 pieces of Anthorium planting materials for their flower garden project, respectively.
“It is a great privilege to have these kinds of livelihood projects here in our barangay,” Ireneo Ocon, president of the Kisante Fisheries Association, said.
Ocon also said that his group would take good care of the projects given to them, hopeful that these would help spur rural development and improve the quality of life of the farmers.
DAR, in partnership with the barangay council, will be supervising and monitoring the said projects. (Rodel D. Orejudos)