The Department of Agrarian Reform Eastern Visayas Regional Office together with the East-West Seed Company Inc., signed the P 2.072-million contract last May 21, 2013. The project aims to transform agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) engaged in vegetable production into viable agri-entrepreneurs.
Under the said contract, East-West Seed Company Inc. will provide the “market-oriented agri-technology and agri-extension services” to pre-selected ARBOs. Upon the issuance of notice by DAR to proceed, the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) can maximize the productivity of their awarded lots and engage in agri-related enterprises for 12 months.
DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo, reported that the agency is coordinating with professional service providers (PSPs) from state universities and colleges (SUCs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and private institutions to enhance the capacity of ARBOs on agri-extension and agri-enterprise development.
This is the first of the three contracts between the agency and PSPs this year amounting to P7.7-million in the implementation of the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project in the region. ARCCESS was introduced by Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio De los Reyes to effectively implement Program Beneficiaries Development component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by transforming ARBOs into viable agri-entrepreneurs through the provision of the right support service providers.
The recently signed contract will benefit 2,196 ARBs coming from six ARBOs in the first district of Leyte, five ARBOs in the third district of Leyte, and eight ARBOs in the second district of Samar.
Furthermore, Dr. Roberto Acosta, Technology Transfer Manager who represented East-West Seed Company, Inc. expressed his gratitude to the department for the trust given to them, and promised to deliver more than the financial value of the contract.
For the past 12 years, East West Bank together with the department helps to improve vegetable production and farm productivity of ARBs in selected Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP) areas in the region. Through the project, both hope to uplift the economic status of Region VIII and eventually the country.