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Samar, Leyte farmers get help from FAO

business mirrorTHE Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has donated farm tools to farmers belonging to eight agrarian-reform beneficiaries organizations (Arbos) in Samar and Leyte, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said.

Regional Director Sheila Enciso of DAR Region 8 said the FAO is among the first foreign organizations that responded to the department’s call for help in the rehabilitation of agrarian-reform communities, particularly in Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar.

The donation is part of the rehabilitation process in areas ravaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in November.

A total of 188 sets of farm tools consisting of a shovel, a hoe and a bolo knife were distributed to five Arbos in Samar—Caticugan Farmers Association, San Juan Farmers and Fishermen Association and the Pagsulhugon Irrigators Association, the Legaspi Farmers and Fishermen Association and the Kauswagan han Canyoyo Consumers Cooperative, and three Arbos in Leyte: the Tulusahay Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, the Saint Benedict 
Association for Sustainable Farming and the Jaro Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Tunga and Jaro.

The FAO Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Fidel Rodriguez said the tools were donations from the governments of Ireland and Belgium through the UN. “Every group of five farmers will share one set of these tools to help them in tending to their respective farms,” explained Rodriguez.

The FAO also distributed 2,486 bags of certified rice seeds and an equal number of urea fertilizer to rice farmers.

Source: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/business/agri-commodities/37267-samar-leyte-farmers-get-help-from-fao

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