LEGAZPI CITY -The Department of Agrarian Reform recently signed a total of Php 27-M worth of Business Development Services (BDS) with professional service providers (PSPs) covering 38 subprojects and Php3.5-M Agri-Extension Services (AES) covering 20 subprojects, under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity & Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program in Legaspi City.
Regional Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr. said the support services intervention will benefit 15,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and some 48 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in the region.
Bueno said the purpose of outsourcing BDS for ARBs enterprises is to provide them management expertise to fast track the establishment of self-sustaining business units among ARBOs.
“Agrarian reform does not end with land distribution. The bigger challenge is for ARBs to retain their awarded lands or not fall into the trap of selling or pawning their lands because of poverty,” RD Bueno added.
Bueno noted that through ARCCESS our ARBs are provided with strategic and sustainable support services to maximize the productivity of their awarded lands and engage in agri-related enterprises.
Regional Program Beneficiaries Development Chief Lerma B. Dino said that the project aims to improve farmers' performance in the agri-enterprises to increase their income.
Dino named some of the subprojects that will benefit thousands of farmers in Bicol such as modernized rice production and marketing, pineapple production and processing, abaca production/processing and marketing, mechanized block farming for corn production, and intensified vegetable production.