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Sugar block farm project to benefit 1,600 Iloilo farmers

news reg 2 pix 1 sept. 28 2017ILOILO CITY-The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently forged an agreement with the Ateneo de Davao University–Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ADDU-ISEDI) to enhance sugar block farming and improve the production and income of 1,655 sugarcane farmers here.

DAR Regional Director Gideon Umadhay said the objective of the sugar block farm project of the department is to increase farmers’ household income and to promote sustainable development in the sugarcane industry of Western Visayas.

“This project will be implemented in nine municipalities in the provinces of Capiz, Antique and Iloilo,” Umadhay said.

Under the agreement, the DAR will focus on the institutional aspects and will be incharge of organizing the farmers.

“The sugar block farming also seeks to improve the yield of sugarcane farms collectively managed by cooperatives,” Umadgay said, adding that it is aligned with the purpose of addressing issues on high poverty incidence in the region. 

For its part, the ADDU-ISEDI will take care of the technical assistance like orientation and trainings.

The agreement was signed by DAR Regional Director Gideon Umadhay, Assistant Regional Director Florentino Siladan, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix Servidad and ISEDI Executive Director Jocelyn Cabo.

Block farming is the consolidation of the management of small farms of less than five hectares, into a biiger but contiguous unit of at least 30 hectares for purposes of improving farm productivity while individual ownership is preserved. (LF Villanueva)

Photo: Contract signing of the Sugar Block Farm project of DAR.  Sitted (l-r) PARPO Felix Servidad, ISEDI Exec. Director Jocelyn Cabo, RD Gideon A. Umadhay and ARD Florentino D. Siladan. Standing (l-r) MARPO Lani Liza Roxas, OIC-CARPO Anthony Arostique, OIC-CARPO Ma. Ella Buenaventura, OIC-CARPO Mary Tordesillas, CARPO Mercy Lagaña, Atty. Jose Rowell Declaro, Accountant Barabara de Jesus, Budget Officer JoselineMadera and MARPO Alona Albances.

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