The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over Php 7.8 million agri- common service facilities (CSFs) for the corn mechanization project of the New Leon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NLMPC) in Aleosan, North Cotabato.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Marion Abella said that NLMPC received two units of 90-horse powered, four-wheeled tractors with mounted disc plows, trailing harrows and trailers, four corn shellers and one flatbed dryer.
“Through the the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Support Services (ARCCESS) program, we are helping agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in managing agri-enterprises by providing them farm equipment and machinery to enhance their productivity,” Abella said.
More than 300 members of NLMPC in Barangay New Leon are set to benefit from the project while services of the said CSFs will also be extended to neighbouring barangays.
Gil Pastolero, NLMPC Board of Director, said the CSFs would have a greater impact in corn production activities of the community and to the agri-enterprise operations of their cooperative.
“We are really thankful to DAR for contributing so much in building this organization and helping us to get to where we are now,” Pastolero said.
As one of the board of directors, Pastolero said, he would see to it that the CSFs are managed properly, maintained, and monitored to sustain its operations and services to the community.
Meanwhile, Emelita Mayol, chief agrarian reform program officer, emphasized that the program wants to realize the inclusive growth approach to help increase the income and productivity of farmers in the community.
“Aside from the provision of CSFs, the ARCCESS program also provides agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, credit facilitation, and land tenure improvement,” Mayol said.
“We are also preparing the cooperative and other participating organizations for market linkaging by organizing their financial records and helping prepare their business plan development.”
Mayol also said that DAR has assigned development facilitators in the area to strengthen the organization and to monitor the progress of the business enterprise.
ARCCESS program is DAR’s strategic intervention to help make the awarded lands of ARBs more productive. (Rodel Orejudos)