The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Cagayan Valley recently turned over more than P1.3 million worth of farm equipment and livelihood projects to some 350 farmers belonging to three agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) to help them in farming and boost their income.
The DAR through the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) gave a package of bamboo skills training, establishment of bamboo nursery and bamboo plantation and two units of hand-tractor with accessories to Roma Sur Multi-Purpose Cooperative at Enrile, Cagayan.
The other cooperative, the MBG Farmers-Irrigators Association at Rizal, Cagayan received the following: an organic fertilizer (vermi) skills training, the establishment of organic fertilizer (vermi) production, one unit hand tractor with complete accessories and one unit shredder.
“This project under the CRFPSP is a multi-sectoral effort which aims to protect the environment. It seeks to reduce poverty by creating sustainable employment and income-generating opportunities for the farmers,” explains DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias.
Tobias said the CRFPSP involves wide range components which include the provision of climate change orientations and skills trainings as well as the provision of farm machineries and equipment after which an enterprise for both farmer organizations will be established.
The farmers of the Malaueg Savings and Trading Cooperative will receive a production center for livelihood enterprise worth P225,000. The project will be implemented under the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP).
“The project under the VLPCEP includes the improvement, enhancement, and expansion of existing building intended as a production center for livelihood enterprise of farmers. This is in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirement,” Tobias said.
“Both projects manifest the tangible existence of DAR’s programs, projects, and services which contribute to the success of CARP implementation in the community. These projects serve as an encouragement for other farmers to actively participate and become members of farmers’ organizations.” (Marvie Turingan, PIO-Cagayan Valley)
Photo 1: Regional Director Homer P. Tobias (in a checkered polo shirt) besides Mayor B. Ruma (in pink shirt) along with other DAR officials and Rizal Municipal Office executives posing for a souvenir photo before the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Photo 2: One unit of shredder was given to the MBG Farmers-Irrigators Association at Rizal under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project of the agency.
Photo 3: One unit of hand tractor with complete accessories was also distributed for the use of MBG Farmers- Irrigators Association.
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