Cagayan de Oro - A total of 118 agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) composed of 18,845 CARP beneficiaries and 10,217 non-CARP beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao will receive Php59.4 million worth of farm equipment from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Procured under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), the equipment consist of 37 floating tillers, 27 rice threshers, 18 corn shellers, two units 120-horsepower tractors, 14 90-horsepower tractors, and one hand tractor.
The above-mentioned common service facilities were already delivered to the DAR–10 Regional Office at Macanhan, Carmen, this city for inspection. Test runs were also subsequently done to determine the functional operating condition of the delivered units.
ARBOs’ representatives are required to attend the training on operation and maintenance to be conducted by the equipment suppliers before they can avail themselves of the said farm implements. Formal turnover of said equipment will be done as soon as the Trust Agreement with the ARBOs have been made.
The ARCCESS project aims to strengthen the communities of the ARBOs by building them into support hubs, hopeful that it will contribute in increasing ARBO household incomes. (Ressan Nash N. Alonto/ERS)