The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will turn over P19.3 million worth of farm machines to 42 farmers organizations of Region 1 to help increase farm productivity and household income.
Regional Director Homer P. Tobias said the farm machines, composed of 12 corn shellers, 53 hand tractors, five reapers and 42 threshers is scheduled for distribution to the 42 farmers organizations on next month.
“The 42 farmers’ organizations were picked as recipients of the farm machineries after meeting all the required specifications. We have also conducted trainings on the proper use of these farm machines in the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur,” Tobias said.
According to Tobias, more than 27,000 farmer-beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) are set to benefit from the project.
“The use of these farm machines will also be extended to non-agrarian reform beneficiaries of the community,” Tobias added.
In one of DAR’s trainings, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Maria Ana Francisco told agrarian reform beneficiaries to take care of the equipment to ease the burden on their part and boost their farm productivity.
The farm equipments are being provided to farmer-beneficiaries under the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). (Florida Lafuente)
1: Some of the farm machines for distribution to 42 farmers’ organizations on July 2015.
2: PARPO Maria Ana Francisco giving her message to farmers-beneficiaries during the farmers’ training on the use of the farm machineries in Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.
3. Inspection of the farm machines with representatives from the Department of Budget and Management at the AIM-C Compound, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.