Hacienda Luisita agrarian reform beneficiaries train on modern farming and entrepreneurship

WEB MOA Signing01The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently signed an agreement with two agricultural institutions to train 1,240 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita on modern farming and entrepreneurship with the end in view of helping them sustain their on-farm and off-farm activities.
DAR Regional Director Arnel Dizon said that the department sees the need for these farmers-turned-landowners to learn additional skills and knowledge to prepare them for greater chalenges ahead--sustaining farm productivity and being adept at transacting business.WEB MOA Signing03
Dizon said that the two partner agricultural institutions, the Tarlac College of Agriculture (TCA) and the Tarlac State University (TSU), have shown their competencies in these fields so that they are expected to transform the farmers into complete entrepreneurs.
“Now that these former farmworkers finally own the land they till, they need to learn modern ways of farming. We also want them to learn to become entrepreneurs so that they will be able to manage their farm products efficiently and market them properly,” said Dizon.
The DAR mobilized 10 farmers’ cooperatives covering 10 barangays in Tarlac whose members are mostly agrarian reform beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita. These cooperative members totalling 1,240 will be the farmer-students of TCA and TSU.
WEB MOA Signing02Under the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), the department signed a contract with TCA and TSU to share with the farmers the technical know-how of modern farming and entrepreneurship.
Under the contract, the schools will provide instructors, lecturers and trainers to teach the farmers about modern farming techniques and practices, optimizing crop production and the use of modern farm equipment.
The schools will also provide professionals to enhance the farmers’ basic knowledge on bookkeeping, cash flows, market surveys, costing and labor and proper packaging of their products.
“These trainings will be intensive and will end in August next year. After a year of training, we expect our farmers to confidently stand on their own, able to sustain their farm and to negotiate and conduct business like a pro,” Dizon said.
Dizon also said that the DAR will release funds worth P700,000.00 to the 10 farmers’ cooperatives and provide farm machineries and equipment as income-generating assets of the cooperative to improve farm-based income of their members.