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Cagayan farmers receive solar-powered irrigation from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 april 26 2018ALCALA, Cagayan—The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over a solar-powered irrigation system to increase the farm productivity of farmers in the San Esteban agrarian reform community (ARC) in Alcala town.

“Based on our studies, we have identified Barangay San Esteban as one of the most arid places in Cagayan, meaning, some areas here are too dry or too barren to support vegetation. We are providing our farmers with this solar-powered irrigation because we know that this will greatly increase their production,” Under Secretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said.

The irrigation system is conducted under the DAR’s Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).

The project includes community orientation, planning, and training on the operation of project facility and installation of solar pump equipment.

Bistoyong said the solar-powered irrigation is a complete system which provides fresh water from a well and reservoir for use in livestock, domestic use, and industrial agriculture.

“This irrigation project will address the ARC’s problem of extreme dryness during summer, especially if there is an El Niño phenomenon where there is an absence of rain that lasts for months,” she added.

Mayor Criselda Ti Antonio of Alcala Cagayan thanked DAR and the other agencies involved in making the project come to fruition.

“This project is very timely after Typhoon Lawin devastated Cagayan. We thank the government for recognizing the effects of climate change. Rest assured that we will take appropriate care of the new blessing that has been given to our municipality,” Mayor Antonio said.

Bistoyong added that the agency should take advantage of the opportunities to create projects and adopt appropriate measures which will eventually mitigate impacts among our agrarian reform areas.news reg 1 pix 2 april 26 2018

“We need to build and create more projects that will help our farmers combat the negative effects of climate change. Our farmers should take care of this project because not all agrarian cooperatives are given opportunities like this, be responsible for managing it and make this productive for your own benefit and welfare,” Bistoyong said.

Under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, DAR is mandated to prioritize the implementation of support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

This was emphasized by the President when he spearheaded the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) in Sultan Kudarat province earlier this month.

President Duterte, who identified those who toil the land for living as his “idol”, gave an assurance that more programs and projects will be poured into various ARCs under his presidency.

Bistoyong led the turn-over ceremony to the San Esteban Cooperative members. She said that 35 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) will benefit from the said project. (Marvi Turingan, DAR-Cagayan Information Officer)

Photo 1:  Symbolic cutting of ribbon led by Usec. Rosalina Bistoyong(centermost), Mayor Cristina (second left) Antonio, ARDA Paramon D. Furigay (leftmost) and PARPO Arthur E. Faeldon (rightmost).

Photo 2:  Blessing of the solar-powered irrigation system.

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Cagayan farmers receive farm equipment from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 march 1 2018CARIG SUR, Tuguegaro City—Efforts to improve farmers’ agricultural production got a big boost as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over P400,000.00 worth of farm machineries and equipment to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Cagayan Province.

DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said the farm machines and its accessories would help modernize rice and corn farming in Cagayan Province.

The DAR distributed 2 units of hand tractors with 7 horsepower water cooled diesel engine, 2 heavy duty power tillers with cage wheel, a heavy-duty power trailer with 2 pair tire and accessories comprising of belts, pulley, blots, and lubricants to the Pata Multipurpose Cooperative (PMPC) from East, Claveria.

The Nagatatuan Irrigators Association, Inc. (NIAI) from Gattaran, Cagayan received 2 units of floating tillers with 13 horsepower gasoline engine and standard accessories.

“These farm implements will service more than 300 farmers here. And because the machines are mechanized, it would make farming easier and faster for them. It will also greatly improve their yield and increase their income,” Tobias said.

Tobias explained that the department, through its Support Services Division implements these activities under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) which aims to improve farm productivity and increase the net income of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in a sustainable manner through their organizations.

He encouraged the members of the two cooperatives to be diligent in convincing farmers, especially agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to become members of farm cooperatives to increase ARB membership.

“One of the conditions in our memorandum of agreement (MOA) is to increase ARB membership in the two ARBOs. We require this condition in order for us to see that your ARBO is strong and united, as a government agency, we want to make sure that the grants we give to our ARBOs will be maximized,” Tobias said.news reg 1 pix 2 march 1 2018

“The DAR can only provide additional support services to an organization if there is a growing ARB membership that will justify the need to deliver more farm machineries and equipment,” Tobias added.

After the signing of the MOA, a maintenance training on farm machineries and Equipment to the ARB members was conducted at DAR regional grounds to equip and familiarize them with the new farming techniques and tools. 

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1,217 Isabela farmers received P2.4-M aid from DAR

news reg 1 pix 1 march 7 2018The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over P2.466-million worth of support projects to two agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs), with 1,217 members, in the towns of Mallig and San Guillermo in Isabela province aimed to help improve the production and quality of their farm business enterprises.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Alfredo B. Lorenzo Jr. said the DAR delivered to the ARB Crop Growers Association of San Guillermo town two cacao roasters worth P1,378,000 and three cacao grinders worth P690,000.  

Lorenzo said the Department also awarded to Malaya Development Cooperative a soft serve ice cream maker worth P249,000 and a bottle filling machine worth P149,000.

ARB Crop Growers Association Manager Ferdinand Sanchez lauded DAR for providing the much-needed machineries, which could help increase the volume of their cacao production by ten folds.

“The processing of our products was previously done manually. We usually get more or less P300 weekly income on our production. The machineries will certainly be of great help,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez also shared that their organization is eyeing Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) as one of their market partners now that they are capable to meet the supply demand of the company.news reg 1 pix 2 march 7 2018

“These facilities promise faster and greater yield, which can be translated into higher income”, Sanchez also said.

Moreover, the facilities will also help attract more members in their organizations.

PARPO Lorenzo, on his part, said the pronouncement of the President to address the poverty incidence to our sector of our society to quest for the better life is now bearing into fruition through these facilities.

“I also thank Secretary John Castriciones, Undersecretary Rosalinda Bistoyong and Undersecretary Emily Padilla for approving the specialized equipment of the two ARBOs,” Lorenzo said.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 7 2018PARPO Lorenzo assured that these specialized facilities would be utilized for the farmer’s livelihood to augment their income. He also said that DAR Provincial Office of Isabela will strictly monitor the project to be used for the intended purpose and will last and benefit the ARBs.

In response to this, ARBO- recipients guaranteed to manage well the facilities given to them.

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DAR turns over farm equipment and livelihood projects to farmers

news reg 1 pix 1 march 6 2018The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Cagayan Valley recently turned over more than P1.3 million worth of farm equipment and livelihood projects to some 350 farmers belonging to three agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) to help them in farming and boost their income.

The DAR through the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) gave a package of bamboo skills training, establishment of bamboo nursery and bamboo plantation and two units of hand-tractor with accessories to Roma Sur Multi-Purpose Cooperative at Enrile, Cagayan.

The other cooperative, the MBG Farmers-Irrigators Association at Rizal, Cagayan received the following: an organic fertilizer (vermi) skills training, the establishment of organic fertilizer (vermi) production, one unit hand tractor with complete accessories and one unit shredder.

“This project under the CRFPSP is a multi-sectoral effort which aims to protect the environment. It seeks to reduce poverty by creating sustainable employment and income-generating opportunities for the farmers,” explains DAR Regional Director Homer P. Tobias.

Tobias said the CRFPSP involves wide range components which include the provision of climate change orientations and skills trainings as well as the provision of farm machineries and equipment after which an enterprise for both farmer organizations will be established.news reg 1 pix 2 march 6 2018

The farmers of the Malaueg Savings and Trading Cooperative will receive a production center for livelihood enterprise worth P225,000. The project will be implemented under the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP).

“The project under the VLPCEP includes the improvement, enhancement, and expansion of existing building intended as a production center for livelihood enterprise of farmers. This is in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirement,” Tobias said.

news reg 1 pix 3 march 6 2018“Both projects manifest the tangible existence of DAR’s programs, projects, and services which contribute to the success of CARP implementation in the community.  These projects serve as an encouragement for other farmers to actively participate and become members of farmers’ organizations.” (Marvie Turingan, PIO-Cagayan Valley)

Photo 1: Regional Director Homer P. Tobias (in a checkered polo shirt) besides Mayor B. Ruma (in pink shirt) along with other DAR officials and Rizal Municipal Office executives posing for a souvenir photo before the ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

Photo 2: One unit of shredder was given to the MBG Farmers-Irrigators Association at Rizal under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project of the agency.

Photo 3: One unit of hand tractor with complete accessories was also distributed for the use of MBG Farmers- Irrigators Association.

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