LEGAZPI CITY—Farmer-beneficiaries are excited to start farming in the next cropping season as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will be distributing farm machineries to farmers’ cooperatives here.
DAR Regional Director Luis Bueno said the farm machines worth P48 million would help modernize farming in Region 5.
“With these machines, our agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) can now till their land faster and more efficiently. These [machines] will greatly help in decreasing losses in production and increasing their yield and income,” said Bueno.
Bueno said the farm machines consisting of corn shellers, hand tractors, power tillers, floating tillers, threshers, reapers, water pumps and sprayers will be turned over to qualified farmers’ cooperatives as soon as they have complied with the needed requirements.
“To qualify, each of these cooperatives must have a warehouse to serve as storage for these farm machines,” Bueno said.
The project is implemented under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity & Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project of the DAR to cater to the needs of the cooperatives or farmers’ associations.
Bueno said though that ARCCESS is not limited to providing equipment to farmers’ organizations. They could also avail themselves of other services like agri-business technologies to help them establish farm enterprises and gain access to credit and better markets.
“With ARCCESS, the department aims to transform our ARBs into viable entrepreneurs by providing them with support services to enhance their farming capabilities and increase their income,” said Bueno. (Ma. Trinise V. General)
DAR Camarines Sur 2 Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers I and 2 Gay Labad and Maria Gracia Sales, accepts the transfer documents of the farm machines under the ARCCESS project from Regional Director Luis Bueno, Jr., with Operations Chief Samuel Solomero and Administration Chief Rodrigo Realubit.
Some of the farm machineries to be distributed to farmers’ cooperatives in Bicol.
Regional Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr. (center) together with other regional and provincial officials (seated), signs the transfer documents of the farm machineries from the DAR Regional Office to the DAR Provincial Officers. Witnessing the signing were PARCCOM Chairman Jose Cortez (3rd from right) and other personnel.