THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Davao Region turned over a total of 26 agricultural machineries and equipment to various farmer associations in Davao Region last Monday at the agency's office in Catalunan Pequeno, Davao City in a bid to increase the farmers productivity and income.
DAR Davao Region poured in some P14 million for the 26 tractor shedder machinery.
DAR Davao director John Maruhom said these machineries will significantly help farmers especially the small holders increase production and income at the same time.
"The beneficiaries are chosen and validated all in the effort to help farmers have better yielding through the provision of common services facilities (CSF) on farm machineries and equipment. Most of the machineries will be used in processing organic materials to become fertilizer," Maruhom said adding that the machineries and equipment were procured under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity & Economic Support Services (Arccess) thru the Department of Budget and Management –Procurement Service (PS-DBM).
The machineries turn over are light duty shredder, 4WD Heavy Duty Tractor, cultivator power tiller, among others.
“Thorough inspection and test runs were conducted by inspectors upon the delivery of these farm facilities to ensure that they conform to specifications and in good working condition,” he said.
Beneficiaries of the DAR’s intervention are coming from the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (Arbo’s) of Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao City and Davao del Norte.
The project is implemented under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity & Economic Support Services (Arccess) project of the DAR for an inter-sectoral partnership to help improve the organizational capabilities of participating Arbo’s in agri-enterprise development. “to cater to the needs of the cooperatives or farmers’ associations.”
The project has five major components, namely: provision of CSFs for production and processing, agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, credit facilitation, and land tenure improvement.
The additional 26 agricultural machineries will add up to the more than 30 facilities already provided by the agency to the region’s farmers from January to December of this year.
The program was implemented by Dar to also sustain the farmers’ livelihood through provision of professional services. Business development services (BDS) are also covered by the program in order to enhance ARBs’ capacities for sustainable farm enterprises including the operation of CSFs. (ASP)