ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over P5,000,000 worth of farm equipment to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the municipality of Tampilisan to increase their farm production.
The recipients, the Cabong, Tampilisan, Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CATAMCO) and the Camul Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CARBEMCO) received 8 units chainsaw, 10 units auger, 8 grass cutter, 45 thousand latex cups, 45,000 spout, 45,000 cup holders, 21 units weighing scales, 60 knapsack sprayer, 450 pruning shears, 450 units sharpening hone, 450 units manual hand digger, 150 units wheelbarrow, 600 units shovel, 585 units digging bar and 1000 coagulating vats.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Arturo N. Soria said the farm equipment was provided under the department’s Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (DAR-Project Converge).
“The project’s aim is to increase the income and improve the way of living of the farmers by boosting their production of the primary crops such as rubber and rice through the provision of farm inputs, equipment, relevant rural infrastructure projects, farmer trainings and links to various markets,” said Soria.
He added that Project ConVERGE would help increase the quality and quantity of the rubber production of smallholder farmers of the two farms cooperatives in the province.
A farmer-member of CATAMCO said the expected increase in their production and the improvement of their rubber's quality have been a lifelong dream.
They hope to be able to fulfill their dream and finally have a place in the rubber market.
“With these machines, our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) can now till their land faster and more efficiently. These farm machines will greatly help in decreasing losses in production and increase their yield and income,” Doria said.
Photo 1: (L-R) Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rizzel Villanueva, Engr. Alfonso A. Tan, PARPO Arturo N. Soria, ConVERGE Value Chain Specialist Leonardo Ablao hands over an electric saw to CATAMCO Chairman Ernie Handumon.
Photo 2: The farm tools and fertilizer worth P5 million.
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