The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over 100 shredder machines to 100 agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Tacloban City in a bid to help them recover from the losses they incurred from the destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda.
DAR-Eastern Visayas Regional Director Shiela Enciso said the provision of shredder machines aims to generate additional income for farmers through composting by turning biodegradable debris into income-generating organic fertilizer.
“This is DAR’s contribution to the Rehabilitation After Yolanda (RAY) project of the government to provide farmers with livelihood and recover from their losses,” Enciso said.
Enciso said the 100 shredder machines worth P49.5 million can turn biodegradable debris into organic fertilizers which the farmers can sell, an added income for the family.
“Aside from producing organic fertilizers, the farmers have the option to venture into producing and selling African night crawlers for vermiculture or growing their own crops using the organic fertilizer,” said Enciso.
The DAR also allocated P5 million for the farmers’ business training and the provision of African night crawlers, compost tea brewer and materials for the preparation of vermi-beds.
Nonoy Moraca, technical consultant of the RU Foundry, the manufacturer of the shredder machine, assured DAR and the ARBOs that they would extend the necessary assistance for the success of the 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.
Ismael Aya-ay, Assistant Regional Director for Program Beneficiaries Development, said some 10,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries and ordinary farmers would benefit from this project.
“More than half of the ARBOs came from Leyte, being the most ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda,” Aya-ay said.
According to Aya-ay, 54 ARBOs are from Leyte, 16 from Eastern Samar, 10 from Biliran, nine from Samar, seven from Southern Leyte, and four from Northern Samar.
The provision of shredders to ARBOs and trainings to farmers was implemented and funded under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). (Jose Alsmith Soria)
Farmers listen intently to Nonoy Moraca of the RU Foundry as he explains what to do next with the shredded biodegradable debris in manufacturing organic fertilizers.
RU Foundry demonstrates to farmers how to operate the shredder machine which they will use in manufacturing organic fertilizers.
Nonoy Moraca of the RU Foundry acquaints the members of the different ARBOs with the shredder machine.