DAR provides livelihood project to Zambo Sibugay farmers

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may 6 2014 oppapThe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has provided a livestock-dispersal project to two farmers’ organization to boost their household income in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Through the intervention of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan-Agrarian Reform Areas (PAMANA-ARA), the DAR and Opapp provided eight female carabaos to the Samonte Strong Farmers Association and 14 piglets to the Samonte Rural Improvement Club located in Samonte, Talusan in Zamboanga Sibugay.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Attorney Judith Patriarca-Mantos said “aside from helping them obtain additional income, the project’s main objective is to provide farmers with carabaos, to help them in farming.”

According to Mantos, the eight female carabaos, aged two to three years old, were distributed among the members of the Samonte Strong Farmers Association who do not have a working animal. The first calves of these carabaos shall be owned by recipient farmers while the mother carabao shall be dispersed again to other farmers for breeding.

may 6 2014 oppap2“This will be done in a cycle until every member of the association will have its own carabao that would help them in their farm chores,” said Mantos.

The DAR and OPAPP also provided 14 piglets to the members of the Samonte Rural Improvement Club, an association whose members are all women farmers.

Mantos said that the piglets shall be managed by the members of the women’s club. The pig pen shall be constructed by the members of the club themselves and the materials for the pig pen, the piglets and feeds shall be provided by the PAMANA-ARA Fund.

“All members of the association will work on rotation schedule for the management, care and maintenance of the piggery project,” added Mantos.

“It is only fitting that women get to be provided with a livelihood project like this because they contribute as much as the men in tilling the land and improving the income of their families,” said Mantos.