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DAR pursues sugar block farming in Isabela

news reg 1 pix 1 aug 16 2017CABAGAN, Isabela — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA) and the local government of Cabagan, recently launched its sugarcane block farming (SBF) project to help increase farmers’ income, as well as boost the country’s sugarcane production.

The SBF project seeks to improve the productivity of sugarcane farms that are collectively managed by cooperatives. According to DAR Assistant Regional Director Paramon D. Furigay, sugarcane would be great in increasing the farmers’ income and the town’s soil is good for plantation based on studies.

Block farming was introduced in the pilot farms in 2012 by the SRA in collaboration with DAR and the Department of Agriculture.

“With the capacity-building, technical assistance, farm planning and farm management support provided by DAR and the SRA, all the pilot block farms showed an increase in productivity that ranged from 7.47 percent to 100 percent,” SBF focal person Aldwin Addun explained.

According to the SRA, pilot sugar block farms in Negros Island showed an average increase from 50.78 tons cane per hectare (TC/Ha) to 65.29 TC/Ha, or a 29-percent increase in farm productivity in the crop year 2013-2014 after being enrolled in the block farming program for a year.

This average 29-percent increase in productivity would translate to an estimated average increase of farmers' income by P39,815 per hectare, at 1.96 LKG/TC and a composite price of P1,400 per LKG-bag of raw sugar, the SRA said.

DAR expects to have the same result with the 44 farmer-beneficiaries of the Malasi Lake Producers Cooperative, the local cooperative in Cabagan, which will manage a 35-hectare sugar block farm. 

“The project will initially establish a nursery for high-yielding varieties of sugarcane and a techno-demo farm to showcase better technologies in sugarcane production,” Furigay explained.

Under the partnership, DAR will award sugar-block farm operators with heavy equipment like tractors for land preparation and dump trucks for hauling. The SRA, on the other hand, will provide technical trainings to farmers to further boost farm production.news reg 1 pix 2 aug 16 2017

Block farming is the consolidation of the management of small farms of less than five hectares into a bigger farm of at least 30 hectares for farm productivity improvement. Ownership of the lands, however, remains with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

Furigay and Cabagan Mayor Christopher Mamauag headed the sugarcane block farming launch at SANTA Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in San Antonio, Cabagan last July 31. (Cristina B. Bautista)

Photo 1: DAR Assistant Regional Director Paramon Furigay and Municipal Mayor Christopher Mamauag cut the cermonial ribbon at the Sugarcane Block Farm Project Site in San Antonio, Cabagan.

Photo 2: DAR officials and staff together with the local government unit of Cabagan pose with the farmer beneficiaries during the Sugarcane Block Farm launch.

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DAR-CSO dialogue and consultation

news reg 1 pix 1 april 12 2017Agrarian Reform Undersecretary David Erro together with Asec. Elmer Distor, Asec. Jun-Jun Malsi and Region 2 Director Homer Tobias leads the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)- Civil Society Organizations (CSO) dialogue discussing the land use cases comprising of 15 landholdings in Cagayan Valley Region. 

Erro assured the farmers and leaders of  Anakpawis, Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Cagayan (KAGIMUAN), Alyansa Dagiti Manalon nga Maag-agawan ti Daga (AMADA), Cagayan Farmers Irrigators Association (CFIA), Alyansa ng Kababaihang Magbubukid (AMIHAN) and Peasants Youth Group ((MASAKBAYAN) for the immediate resolution of their issues and concerns. (admin-pamrs)

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Top agrarian cooperative

news reg 2 pix 1 july 14 2017The Saint Patrick Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya was recently awarded as the best agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for 2016. The award was based on the results of the 2016 I.T. Enabled Maturity Assessment (ITeMA) conducted by the department.

The ARBO bested 4,402 ARBOs nationwide. The award recognizes the unselfish efforts and commitment of the ARBO in uplifting the lives of its farmer-members.

In behalf of the Saint Patrick MPC, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Primo Lara and Regional Director Homer Tobias (2nd and 3rd from left) received the award from DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano (left) during the DAR Mid-Year Performance Review and Planning Session held at the Icon Hotel in Quezon City.

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DAR validates farmers of Cagayan Valley

news reg 1 pix 1 july 12 2017NUEVA VIZCAYA—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here recently conducted a validation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Cagayan Valley’s southernmost barangay in Alfonso Castañeda, in a bid to find out if the lands awarded to them are still under their names and have not illegally sold by them.

DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias led the validation of 36 ARBs covering an area of 65.91 hectares in the mountain barangay of Lipuga inhabited by members of the Bugkalot tribe.

During the validation, Tobias encouraged the farmers to be a member of farmers’ organizations. He stressed the importance of organizing themselves into agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) for faster flow of support services.

“Hindi po tayo titigil na hanggang asosasyon lang kayo. Sasanayin po kayo ng pagmimiyembro sa isang kooperatiba at lahat ng pagsasanay tungkol doon hanggang sa mabuo kayo bilang isang kooperatiba,” Tobias said.

Assisting Tobias were DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Primo C. Lara, and municipal and barangay officials headed by Mayor Jerry P. Pasigian who also personally visited the farm lots of the ARBs in the barangay.news reg 1 pix 2 july 12 2017

Mayor Pasigian, who is an ARB and a member of the Bugkalot tribe, thanked the DAR for supporting the farmers in establishing their own cooperatives.

“Rest assured na ang inyong lingkod ay hindi magpapabaya sa programang ito dahil malaking benepisyo ang naibibigay sa ating mga ARBs. P70 million ang pumunta noon sa Galintuja at Lublub. Siguro kung kalahati lang ang pupunta dito, gaganda na ang ating kaingin. Kaingin naman talaga ang aming means of livelihood. Walang maluluwang na patag para gawing bukid,” Mayor Pasigian said.

Because of the mountainous terrain, farmer of Lipuga and its neighboring barangay, Pelaway, practice the slash-and-burn method or kaingin method in cultivating their lands.

On the request of the Barangay officials to issue more certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in their barangay, Tobias assured that they will coordinate and talk with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for the possibility of issuing individual titles.

Acording to Tobias, the Bugkalot tribe to whom the villagers belong, already has a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) over the area.

news reg 1 pix 3 july 12 2017If approved, the 65.9178 hectares will be an addition to the 670.2177 hectares in Alfonso Castañeda covered by the comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP). The farmers’ validation was conducted on June 27, 2017. (Hazel P. Buctayon)

Photo 1: DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias (extreme right) together with local officials of Alfonso Castañeda headed by Mayor Jerry P. Pasigian, check on the lands to be titled in Alfonso Castañeda.

Photo 2: ARBs in Brgy. Lipuga earnestly pay attention to the discussions and messages presented during the program at the barangay gymnasium of Lipuga, Alfonso Castañeda.

Photo 3: The mountains of Lipuga and neighboring barangay Pelaway.

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DAR pursues sugar block farming in Isabela

CABAGAN, Isabela — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA) and the local government of Cabagan, recently launched its sugarcane block farming (SBF) project to help increase farmers’ income, as well as… Read More..
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Top agrarian cooperative

The Saint Patrick Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya was recently awarded as the best agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for 2016. The award was based on the results of the 2016… Read More..
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DAR validates farmers of Cagayan Valley

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DAR-CSO dialogue and consultation

Agrarian Reform Undersecretary David Erro together with Asec. Elmer Distor, Asec. Jun-Jun Malsi and Region 2 Director Homer Tobias leads the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)- Civil Society Organizations (CSO) dialogue discussing the land use cases… Read More..