Welcome to DAR Region V



Farmers earn extra from organic rice coffee

news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 7 2016NAGA CITY—Farmers here are now earning extra income after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) launched the Lirag Organic Rice Coffee to the buying public on June 15, 2016 at the DAR provincial office here.

The organic rice coffee product is grown and produced by the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Lirag Agrarian Reform Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative (LARFBCO).

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Raquel P. Claveria said the farmer-members of LARFBCO, whose main income comes from rice farming, is not enough for their families.

“Their income just cover their basic needs. They badly need additional income to pay for other necessities like clothing and school expenses for their children,” Claveria said.

Claveria said the ARBs, headed by cooperative Chairman Engr. Jaime Abonita, went to the DAR to ask assistance in venturing into rice coffee production with the objective of generating employment and additional income to ARB members.

The DAR, in response, went into partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA).

“The DTI provided the trainings in putting-up the rice coffee business, the DOST taught the farmers in processing organic rice into instant coffee mix while the CBSUA trained the farmers in organic rice farming,” explained Claveria.news reg 1 pix 2 sept. 7 2016

According to Claveria the cooperative started the rice coffee business last January where they market-tested the product. “With the help of our partner-agencies, the product has greatly improved its quality and is now at par with the commercial brands in the market.”

“It is also very affordable. The suggested retail price is only P 45.00 per 100-gram pouch,” added Claveria.

According to Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Augusto Medina, Jr. the emergence of numerous coffee shops in the Bicol region will help boost the rice coffee business of the farmers. 

“It means they have a ready market for their product. We are helping them sell their products by linking them to buyers like groceries and coffee shops in the province,” Medina said. (May B. Peña)

Photo 1: The Lirag Organic Rice Coffee served with variations during its product launching on June 15, 2016, held at the DAR Camarines Sur 1 Provincial Office in Naga City.

Photo 2: The Lirag Rice Coffee mix in 100-gram packs.


Region V News

news reg 1 pix 1 march 20 2018
March 20, 2018 111

DAR, Pilmico forge partnership on agro-entrepreneurship…

NAGA CITY - Livelihood packages, as well as series of technical training, will be provided to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) and its farmer-members which will enable them to increase their household incomes through… Read More..
news reg 1 pix 1 feb 26 2018
Feb 26, 2018 188

DAR V holds joint consultation meeting for the legal and…

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Bicol Region lauded the Operations and Legal sectors for initiating the recently-concluded Joint Consultation-Meeting between two groups to discuss issues and concerns regarding the implementation of agrarian reform… Read More..
news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 13 2018
Feb 13, 2018 165

DAR distributes land titles in Sorsogon

CASIGURAN, SORSOGON – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) handed to 20 agrarian reform beneficiaries certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) covering packets of landholdings in this town last February 6, 2018.Provincial Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..
news reg 1 pix 1 feb. 6 2018
Feb 06, 2018 182

DAR enhances 30 Sorsogon ARBs’ farm management skills

THIRTY agrarian reform beneficiaries from Castilla town in Sorsogon province recently graduated from the Farm Business School (FBS), a farm productivity program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) aimed at improving the quality and volume of… Read More..

Region 5 Calendar of Activities