The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over P54.4-million worth of common service facilities (CSFs) in Northern Mindanao region to boost the agricultural productivity of the farmer-beneficiaries.
DAR Undersecretary for Finance and Administration Felix Perry Villanueva said the CSFs, implemented under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Program, included 37 floating tillers, 27 rice threshers, 18 corn shellers, two 120-horsepower heavy tractors, which are suitable for sugarcane farming, and 14 90-horsepower tractors, good for corn growers.
ARCCESS is an alternative rural development approach wherein support services provided by the DAR are delivered directly to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs).
Villanueva said during the procurement, the DAR decided to procure more high-end equipment that last longer rather than buy many cheaper equipment that are prone to breaking down.
“The DAR prefers quality over quantity and we were able to turnover farm equipments to ARBOs nationwide that are built to last longer,” Villanueva said.
Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said the CSFs were provided to maximize the productivity of the farmer-beneficiaries and improve their economic conditions. (Ressan Nash N. Alonto/ERS)