The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in MIMAROPA Region recently turned over a PhP5.3M-worth of farm machineries to three agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Occidental Mindoro to help boost their agricultural production and improve their income.
Regional Director Stephen M. Leonidas said the recipient of three units of DC60 Rice Combine Harvester with trailer bed include New Dagupan Tanyag Multipurpose Cooperative in Calintaan, Tagumpay Multipurpose Cooperative in Rizal and St. Marcos Multipurpose Cooperative in Magsaysay.
The machineries were provided under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Project.
“Having a business plan is important to achieve success. With the plan, your organization will be properly guided on how to manage, operate and maintain the common service facility in an efficient and economical manner,” Leonidas said.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Luisito A. Jacinto said part of their mission in the DAR is to assist and guide the farmer-beneficiaries. With the provision of these facilities, they have high hopes that farmers would be able to improve their agri-enterprise through service rental not just for the members but for the nearby municipalities.
“Around 250 farmer-members from the three ARBOs would benefit from the grant. With farm mechanization, the yield in the province would highly increase considering that the cooperatives are the major rice-producers in the area,” Jacinto said.
“Wala na pong dahilan para hindi kumita ang Coop. Sa pamamagitan po ng harvester na ito, magtiwala po kayo na mapapaunlad namin ito at makakabili kami ng dagdag pang makinarya. Tuwang tuwa po kami sa resulta ng pagsasama sama natin”, Chairperson Laurencia Osic of New Dagupan Tanyag MPC said.
Prior to the turn-over ceremony, joint inspection and actual field-testing were conducted with the ARBO together with, DAR Regional Inspectorate Team, supplier-Lyndelle Agro-Industrial Sales, and other government agencies. (Gefelyn A. Goleng)
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