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ARBs in NIR get P355M

visayan dailyThe Department of Agrarian Reform Negros Island Region, that was ranked third among the DAR's 18 regional offices nationwide as of the 3 rd quarter of 2016,helped 120 agrarian reform beneficiary cooperatives to access P355,923,468.70 under its Agricultural Production Credit Program, DAR NIR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said yesterday. This benefitted 3,539 ARBs, he said.

The DAR NIR is also starting to implement sugarcane block farms among 41 ARB organizations covering 2,789 hectares with a total project budget cost of P69 million in the 1 st phase and P55 million in the 2 nd phase, Leonidas said.

The DAR NIR rating may even go higher with its20116 fourth quarter report yet to be consolidated, he added.

In the first three quarters of 2016,the DAR NIRalso capacitated/trained 11,445 ARBs, developed 13 ARBOs as microfinance providers, providedagricultural extension services to 59 ARBOs and business development services to 60 ARBOs, Leonidas said.

It also provided a cooperative strengthening program to 47 AR cooperatives, and community potable water, sanitation and hygiene to five ARBOs amounting to P750,000, he added.*CPG

Source: http://www.visayandailystar.com/2017/January/05/businessnews3.htm

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