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DAR orients farmers before giving away P49.5M worth of shredders

piaTACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, May 19 – As a prelude to a livelihood being worked out by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in “Yolanda”-ravaged agrarian reform communities (ARCs), the former had started orienting the latter before giving away the 100 shedders now available at the DAR Regional office compound.

Regional Director Sheila Enciso disclosed that 100 ARBOs who are going to receive the 100 shredder machines were meticulously screened making sure this project won’t fail.

Enciso explained that this project intends to turn biodegradable debris into income generating activities using the shredders.

According to her, this project will teach the ARBOs to produce community-based organic fertilizer. However, she added that they have the option which of the three business models to venture in collective production and marketing of African night crawlers, organic fertilizers, and/or naturally grown crops.

Aside from the shredder machines which cost P49.5-million or at P495,000 per unit, DAR has likewise earmarked P5-million for the inputs such as African night crawlers, compost tea brewer, preparation of vermi-beds and for the training.

Enciso further disclosed that this activity is funded under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).

Though these are not among the recommended common service facilities (CSFs) for the ARCCESS project, she explained that these are given by the agency in addition to typhoon affected areas to provide farmers livelihood and recover from losses.

Nonoy Moraca, technical consultant of the RU Foundry, the manufacturer of the shredder machine, assured DAR and the ARBOs that they will extend the necessary assistance in order to achieve success in this project.

To immediately proceed with the project, RU Foudry committed to provide the complete package to 15 ARBOs consisting of 30 kilos of African night crawlers, two units of compost tea brewer and six units of vermi-beds, comprising as starter kit.

Meanwhile, DAR Assistant Regional Director for Program Beneficiaries Development Ismael Aya-ay also revealed that some 10,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries and ordinary farmers will be benefited by this project.

More than half of the ARBOs identified come from Leyte being the most affected province, he added.

According to him, 54 are from Leyte, 16 from Eastern Samar, 10 from Biliran, 9 from Samar, 7 from Southern Leyte, and 4 from Northern Samar.

Though this activity is DAR’s contribution to the Rehabilitation After Yolanda (RAY) project, Aya-ay explained that the province of Northern Samar was included for it was also devastated by typhoons Ruby and Senyang in December last year.  (DAR-8/PIA-8)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1211432011905/dar-orients-farmers-before-giving-away-p49-5m-worth-of-shredders

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