The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over 235 farm machineries to 32 farmers’ organization of Region 3 at the Techno Resource Center in Bgy. Paralayunan, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said the farm machines worth P41.4 million will help modernize farming in Region 3. “With these machines, our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) can now till their land faster and more efficiently, and will greatly help in decreasing loses in production and increasing their yield and income,” said de los Reyes.
The farm machineries consisting of tractors, threshers, water pumps, sprayers and reapers were turned over to 32 farmers’ organizations where more than 6,000 are ARB members.
DAR Assistant Secretary Teofilo Inocencio explained that the machines were given as “equipment grant” which will be operated by the farm organization as a business asset where user fees will be collected and will be utilized for the operation and maintenance of the farm equipment.
The project is implemented under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) which aims to transform ARBs into viable entrepreneurs by providing them with support services to increase their income and farming capabilities.
Inocencio said that ARCCESS would also teach farmers agri-business technologies to help them establish farm enterprises and gain access to credit and better markets.
De los Reyes also informed the farmers that DAR is working a financial scheme with the Land Bank of the Philippines to help them have easy access to credit.
“The ARCCESS program does not only distribute support services like these to help farmers, but more importantly, the program seeks to strengthen farmers’ organizations where a lot of our ARBs are members. If farmers’ organizations are thriving, then our ARB’s chance of a better life is bigger,” said de los Reyes.