8 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations Receive Tools From FAO

dar web news pix 1 august 18 2014TACLOBAN CITY – Eight agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) from five towns in Samar and Leyte received farm tools from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as part of the rehabilitation process in farm areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda.
188 sets of farm tools consisting of a shovel, a hoe and a bolo were distributed to five ARBOs in Samar namely the Caticugan Farmers Association, San Juan Farmers and Fishermen Association and the Pagsulhugon Irrigators Association, the Legaspi Farmers and Fishermen Association and the Kauswagan han Canyoyo Consumers Cooperative, and three ARBOs in Leyte: the Tulusahay Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, the St. Benedict Association for Sustainable Farming and the Jaro Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Tunga and Jaro.dar web news pix 2 august 18 2014
“Thank God for these tools. These are exactly what we need to tend our farms. Now we don’t need to borrow tools from other villages,” said Farmer Benderito Dacuno, chairman of the Legaspi Farmers and Fishermen Association.
FAO Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Fidel Rodriguez said that the tools were donations from the governments of Ireland and Belgium through the United Nations.
“Every group of five farmers will share one set of these tools to help them in tending to their respective farms,” explained Rodriguez.
The FAO also distributed 2,486 bags (40 kilogram per bag) of certified rice seeds and equal number of urea fertilizer (50 kilogram per bag) to rice farmers.
DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso said that the FAO is among the first foreign organizations that responded to DAR’s call to help in the rehabilitation of agrarian reform communities (ARCs) particularly those in Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar’s hardest hit areas.