Welcome to DAR Region VIII

Tacloban farmers earn cash from trash

Z WEB 20160112 NATL R08 PINX WORM01Farmers belonging to four agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Tacloban are now earning extra income from selling organic fertilizers they produced through composting of farm waste materials.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Sheila Enciso said it only took the ARBOs five months into vermi composting to produce more than a thousand kilograms of vermicasts from the 30 kilograms of African night crawlers (ANCs) given to them by the DAR in July last year.

Vermicast is the manure excreted by ANCs considered as effective organic fertilizers.

Among the highest producers of vermicasts are the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng Caibiran (NAMACA) of Caibiran, Biliran having produced 6,954 kilograms and Hacienda Maria Cooperative (HAMACO) in San Isidro, Leyte (5,000 kilograms).

Other top producers are Merida Agricultural Diversified Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MADS-MPC) in Merida, Leyte (1,750 kilograms) and the SAPISA Irrigators Association Inc. in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar (1,650 kilograms).

“Not bad for a beginner on this business,” said Dante Escarmoso on the ARBO’s performance. Escarmoso of RU Foundry is an expert on this technology.

Escarmoso explained that ideally 10 kilos of ANCs fed with 10 kilos of substrates, which are waste materials and animal manures, will produce eight to ten kilos of vermicasts in a day if properly managed.

Based on the report, NAMACA has sold P13,250 worth of vermicasts, while HAMACO has received orders worth P17,500.

The buyers, according to the ARBOs, include those engaged in cut flower industry, commercial farm owners, other farmers in the area, and ARBO members.

Enciso said the RU Foundry was the winning bidder to supply 100 shredders for the debris utilization and management for community-based organic fertilizer production project for Yolanda-affected agrarian reform areas in the region.

“As an act of goodwill, the RU Foundry also provided the 15 ARBOs with 30 kilos of ANCs and two sets of vermi-tea brewers each, and promised to extend necessary trainings to the farmers for the transfer of technology,” Enciso added.

Early this year, DAR provided each of the 100 ARBOs chosen all over the region a shredder that they could use in producing substrates, while 30 kilograms of ANCs and two vermi-tea brewers were distributed to each of the 85 other farmer groups.

The ARBOs are now using the equipment to venture into vermi culture, vermi composting, and organic crop production as an alternative livelihood program under this project. (Jose Alsmith Soria)

Region VIII News

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 14 2016
October 14, 2016 23

Ormoc farmers start harvesting after 16-year struggle

ORMOC CITY – Farmer Rosenda Apay could not hide her happiness as she and other farmer-beneficiaries started harvesting rice last week after having been deprived entry for 16 years to their awarded land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..
news reg 3 pix 1 sept. 30 2016 jpeg
Sep 30, 2016 49

Ormoc farmers excited over first harvest after installation

After 16 years of waiting, members of the Bugho Farmers Association (BFA) in Ormoc City are excited for their first harvest this coming month of October. Rosenda Apay, chairperson of the BFA, happily announced this after thanking the Department of Agrarian… Read More..
Sep 23, 2016 44

Ormoc farmers excited on first harvest

TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, Sept. 22 (PIA) – After 16 years of waiting, members of the Bugho Farmers Association (BFA) in Ormoc City are now excited for their first harvest come first week of October. Rosenda Apay, chairperson of the BFA, happily announced this as… Read More..
news reg 1 pix 1 sept. 222016
Sep 22, 2016 40

KAISAHAN lauds successful farmer installation in Ormoc

The KAISAHAN, a non-government organization supporting agrarian reform and rural development based in Quezon City commended the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the successful installation of farmer beneficiaries in Barangay Sumangga and Barangay… Read More..

Region 8 Calendar of Activities