NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, November 13 (PIA6) – Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) from Negros Occidental – South have a total of 1,337 hectares of land to be utilized for block farming.
The recently signed memorandum of agreement among the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) paved the way for the identification of the land that will be used for the sugar block farming project in the province.
A total of 1,398 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from 16 ARBOs in South Negros will benefit from the project.
Lucrecia Taberna, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II, said the recipients are from the municipalities of La Castellana and Pontevedra and the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, Kabankalan and La Carlota.
“There is a need for sugar block farming because it can boost productivityand can help increase the income of farmers,” Taberna told the Philippine Information Agency during a radio interview over Radyo Kumando.
She said the concept of sugar block farming intends to help ARBs manage their land, in order to accumulate 30 hectares, the minimum area of land needed to initiate the project.
Meanwhile, the coordinative and complementary efforts of DAR, DA and SRA, will usher the provision of fund allocation and support services.
The agencies involved in the implementation of the project will also offer technical support and common service facilities to ARBOs.
DAR recently turned over P33 million-worth of common service facilities, namely threshers, shredders and tractors to the ARBOs of South Negros. (JCM/CBA/PIA6-Negros Occidental)