The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the Korean Rural Community Corporation (KRCC), recently held an assessment survey of potential Agri-Enterprise Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in Zamboanga del Norte Resettlement Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) Cluster.
Regional Director Julita Ragandang said the activity is an opportunity for KRCC to see the real condition of farmers in the ARC cluster.
“Hopefully, our Korean visitors will agree with us that these farming communities need help to increase their income and uplift their standard of living,” said Ragandang.
Salug and Leon Postigo towns in Zamboanga del Norte are pre-dominantly planted with coconut while its rubber for Tampilisan and Godod towns. Among the support services needed by the farmers in the ARC cluster are the farm-to-market roads, farm implements, modern farming technologies and post harvest facilities.
Ragandang pointed out that the assessment is an initial step towards the realization of the implementation of agri-enterprise development of the project.
"We have already accomplished the land acquisition, distribution and agrarian justice delivery and is now focusing on the agri-enterprise development component of the project," Ragangdang said.
AED Specialist and ARCP Consultant Luz Ani pointed out that the forum is an assessment aimed to get first hand information from the farmer-beneficiaries on the support they need to make them more productive.
In an earlier forum held in Dipolog City, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rizzel B. Villanueva presented DAR's Cluster Development Framework for the Municipalities of Leon Postigo , Salug, Godod and Tampilisan, all in Zamboanga del Norte.
At the forum, Ragandang urged the farmers to organize themselves into a cooperative for easy access to the support services from the department.
Salug and Leon Postigo Mayors Jeoffrey Lim and Ruperto Jamora hoped that the consultation would have a positive impression among the visitors and bring in the necessary intervention to improve the production efficiency of the farmers and bring their products to the international market. (Shanie Pacatang)