OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, May 17 - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the Province of Misamis Occidental recently turned-over Php 23 million worth of various modern farm equipment expected to benefit some twelve thousand agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the six municipalities and two cities of the province.
The agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the municipalities of Bonifacio, Calamba, Jimenez, Plaridel, Tudela, Sapang Dalaga and the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub all of Misamis Occidental is presently covered under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Project of DAR.
Under the program, the ARBOs are provided with crop-based common service facilities (CSF) earlier identified by the ARBOs themselves during a focus group discussion. These farm equipment will be co-managed by the ARBOs in each municipality and will form part of their organizations’ business asset.
In a simple turnover ceremony held at the DAR Provincial Office, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Alibasa G. Andig urged the beneficiaries to take good care of their farm equipment and make them sustainable. The event was attended by Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay and Assistant Regional Director Eddie c. Agac-ac of DAR Region 10, DAR Misamis Occidental Employees and the officers of the different beneficiary organizations.
In his speech, DAR-10 Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay underscored the importance of the equipment provided by ARCCESS Project in increasing agricultural productivity in the agrarian reform areas. He said that these modern farm equipment would have a significant contribution in transforming ARBOs into successful farm entrepreneurs. He encouraged the farmers to strengthen their organizations as a conduit of agrarian reform and rural development.
The farmer leaders of the different organizations attending the turnover expressed their gratitude for the support extended by DAR particularly in the provision of modern farm equipment as common service facilities.
The modern farm equipment includes 7 units farm tractor, 1 unit combine harvester, 4 units corn sheller, 1 unit cassava granulator, 1 unit shredder, 3 units floating tiller and 1 unit flatbed dryer.(A.V.Quicoy/DAR10)