THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental has partnered with the local government of Isabela and Barangay Banog-Banog Agrarian Reform Farmers Association (BBARFA) for the implementation of a project aimed to curb poverty among the farmer-beneficiaries.
The partnership program dubbed Partnership against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) is a collaboration of three agencies including DAR, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The initiative is mainly aimed at reducing hunger and poverty in selected rural communities by increasing the income of households of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia Taberna, who led the memorandum of agreement signing at Barangay Banog-Banog Hall on Tuesday, said the DAR is allocating P400,000 to fund various project-related technology trainings, and purchase of machineries and equipment.
“The barangay is the only recipient of the PAHP project in Negros Occidental which will start this year,” Taberna said, adding that it will directly benefit at least 1,000 residents, particularly farmer-members of BBARFA.
Under the partnership, the local government will serve as the procuring party of the food products produced by the organization for its supplemental feeding program with the DSWD.
It will also extend further support to the recipient-ARB organization through provision of technical guidelines to ensure the project’s sustainability.
BBARFA, for its part, will initiate the construction of the facilities.
The organization will serve as integrator of the whole endeavor especially in the production of vegetable and other crops, and operation and maintenance of the facilities as its joint venture with the individual farmer-beneficiaries.
Its counterpart also included the 1,000-square meter area to be used as demo farm and project sites.
During the memorandum of agreement signing, the municipal government was represented by Councilor Elsa Candelario along with BBARFA president Rodito Balasabas.