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DAR’S foreign-assisted projects under PRRD’s term continue to aid ARBs

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 12 2017NORTH COTABATO – Corn Farmers in North Cotabato are expected to increase their income with the establishment of the Php4.7 million corn post-harvest facilities through the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD), a foreign-assisted project under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Office who led the turn-over ceremony said that the corn post-harvest facilities were carried out under the corn production, processing, and marketing sub-project of the DAR-MinSAAD project.

“These corn harvest facilities are expected to help the farmers in increasing the production volume and quality of corn through processing, and marketing which will boil down to increasing farmers income by at least 20%,” Mallari said.

Foreign-assisted projects, one of the vital components of the support services of DAR under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leadership of OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong continue to boost the capabilities of ARBs in the provinces.

Mallari said that the sub-project with a combined total cost of Php4,766,153.34 was turned-over to Palao Farmers Association as the lead ARB Organization situated in Palao, Libungan, North Cotabato.

Mallari further elaborated that the corn post-harvest facilities will be used for more or less 2,030 hectares of corn plantation benefiting more than 250 corn farmers from other participating organizations such as the Sinapangan Farmers Association, Kitubod, Farmers Association, Kiloyao MRDP-CFAD Consortium, and Cabpangi MRDP-CFAD Consortium.news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 12 2017

Meanwhile, Palao Farmers Association President Pedro Bayog said that the establishment of the corn post-harvest facilities was really an answered prayer for the farmers and the association.

“We have been waiting for this kind of project for so long a time and now it is already in our hands. We are grateful to DAR for this project because it will bring a lot of convenience to our corn farmers in the barangay,” Bayog said.

Bayog assured DAR that they will strive to sustain the project by strengthening their internal policies and the organization itself.

news reg 1 pix 3 dec. 12 2017The project which is a legacy to the future generation, Bayog said, is a big help of the government to their community.

“In return, we will use these facilities to help ourselves in improving our lives as corn farmers,” Bayog said.

The sub-project was implemented in close collaboration with the Local Government Unit of Libungan that provided an equity of Php634, 606.00 or 13% while the DAR-MinSAAD has contributed Php4,131,547.34 or 87% for the establishment of the processing building, solar dryer, and multi-purpose hall.

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DAR boosts ARBs entrepreneurship skills under PRRDs term

news reg 1 pix 1 dec. 7 2017GEN. SANTOS CITY – As part of its efforts to uplift the lives of beneficiaries of the agrarian reform program of the government, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has conducted series of educational process to uplift the entrepreneurial skills of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs).

Recently, the ARBs who are members of the Barangay Agrarian Reform Council & Farmers Association (BARCFA) in Glan, Sarangani province underwent a training to become certified cacao doctors and eventually run their own cacao agri-enterprises.

The cacao doctors training was spearheaded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and implemented under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP).  The BARCFA was qualified for a 24.4 Million worth of loan under the APCP.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix Frias said the training aims to help ARBs to become entrepreneurs who specialize in growing high-quality cacao beans.

“There is a growing market for cacao locally and internationally. That’s why this training would greatly help our farmers in yielding large quantities of high-quality cacao beans at par with those produced by other countries,” said Frias.

Frias said nine ARBs completed the first module of Cacao Doctor’s Training held at Kennemer Cacao Center in Barangay Mankilam in Tagum City.

Provision of support programs and services to ARBs are among the priorities of the administration of President Duterte and of the DAR under the leadership of OIC Secretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong.

Cacao doctors are farmer entrepreneurs who, with intensive training from Kennemer, will become consolidators of beans under the center’s buying program, distributors of planting material and inputs and providers of pruning and rehabilitation support services.

Cacao doctors will each run their own for-profit agri-enterprises and provide ongoing coaching and support services to the farmers in their cluster as a business.news reg 1 pix 2 dec. 7 2017

Kennemer Technical Services Manager Portia L. Sugsi said the training will equip the farmers with knowledge on pre-planting activities, common pests and diseases in young cacao plant, and learned good agricultural practices in cacao production.

“The six-day Cacao Doctor’s Training Module I for key members of BARCFA was an important milestone in becoming a certified Cacao Doctor,” said Sugsi.

Sugsi said the future cacao doctors will provide technical assistance to the members of BARCFA who availed the APCP loan to support their cacao production.

The ARBs will be undergoing five more modules scheduled in the coming months.

Farmer-participant and BARCFA president Romeo Ogong described the training as very substantial and empowering. He said it gave them with a clear understanding of what cacao industries are all about.

news reg 1 pix 3 dec. 7 2017“Seeing the actual operation of the business and the hands-on experience in the cacao center made us feel responsible for providing technical knowledge and capacities to our fellow farmers,” Ogong added.

Kennemer Foods International, Inc. is an agribusiness company specializing in the growing, sourcing and trading of high-quality agricultural crops such as fermented cacao beans sourced from smallholder farmers. (Agnes R. Torino/DAR-Sarangani)

Photo 1: BARCFA future cacao doctors with provincial APCP point person Marte Pabalay (3rd standing from left) and Kennemer Specialist Lemuel Bernardo (6th standing from left). (Photo credit: Abdul Karim Odoya)

Photo 2: Learning growth conditions will provide insights to improve the quality of cacao plants. 

Photo 3: Future cacao doctors learn basic pre-planting activities that will give favorable growth conditions for the young cacao plants. (Photo credit: Marte Pabalay)

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PARC Secretariat leads consultation with agrarian cooperatives

news reg 2 pix 1 nov. 16 2017GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Nov. 14, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat is currently conducting a consultation and feedbacking on farmers’ agribusiness venture agreements (AVA) with their respective investors.

The three-day consultation seeks to discuss with agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) the result of the evaluation on their respective AVA contracts.

“Based on the result of the evaluation of their AVAs, we would recommend and suggest to farmers the best options and appropriate directions to take regarding the challenges they are encountering in their contracts,” said PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce.

DAR Public Assistance & Media Relations Director Leomides Villareal welcomed the participants consisted of agrarian cooperative officials, regional and provincial AVA point persons, DAR legal officers and DAR support services staff.news reg 2 pix 2 nov. 16 2017

Villareal said the DAR’s mandate of giving lands to landless farmers to till. “But giving lands is not enough. The DAR is also conducting activities like these to help farmers understand the business contracts that they have entered into.”

“It is important that ARBs and other stakeholders join hands in scrutinizing these AVAs and ensure that farmers’ rights are not violated. The content of the AVA should be just and beneficial to both parties,” Villareal said. (pinky roque)

Photo 1: Public Assistance & Media Relations Director Leomides Villareal welcomes participants to the consultation and feedbacking on farmers’ agribusiness venture agreements.

Photo 2: PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Poncen explains the workshop procedures to participants.

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Farmers attend consultation on agri-business contracts

news reg 1 pix 1 nov. 16 2017GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Nov. 16, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat led a two-day consultation, feedbacking and workshop with agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVA) to guide them in making sound decisions concerning their AVA with their investors.

Undersecretary David Erro said farmers get abused for not understanding what is contained in their AVAs. He said farmers get involved in onerous contracts because they were not properly guided by the laws and processes in negotiating their AVAs.

“Their lack of understanding of the AVA [laws and regulations] always put them in an unfavorable and disadvantageous position,” explains Erro.

“We want the farmers to understand the provisions contained in their contracts by orienting them to the laws and guidelines of AVAs. After hearing their issues and concerns, this consultation would empower them and their cooperatives with the processes and guide them on what options to take in negotiating for their contracts,” Erro said.

The consultation, feedbacking and workshop were conducted after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who serves as the chairperson of PARC, directed that all AVA contracts involving tenants and landholders must pass through DAR for evaluation and determine if the AVAs are in violation of the 1987 Constitution as well as of agrarian reform laws, rules and regulations.

Acting on that directive, the PARC Secretariat earlier this year conducted an ARB’s forum on the implementation of AVAs. Agrarian cooperatives were requested to submit their AVA contracts for review and evaluation by the DAR.

PARC Secretariat Director James Arsenio Ponce said after three batches of consultation, feedbacking and workshop, 46 AVA contracts were submitted and evaluated.

“This consultation, feedbacking and workshop is the third activity we handled with ARBOs and agrarian reform beneficiaries after the President made the directive. We presented to them the result of the evaluation of their AVAs submitted in the ARB’s forum. And now after lengthily discussing problems and suggesting possible solutions, they are now armed with enough knowledge to make sound decisions in their AVAs,” Ponce said.

Photo:  DAR Undersecretary David Erro (extreme right) gives recommendations to farmers on how to go about the challeneges they face in their AVAs.

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Region XII News

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DAR’S foreign-assisted projects under PRRD’s term continue…

NORTH COTABATO – Corn Farmers in North Cotabato are expected to increase their income with the establishment of the Php4.7 million corn post-harvest facilities through the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD), a… Read More..
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Farmers attend consultation on agri-business contracts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Nov. 16, 2017)—The Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat led a two-day consultation, feedbacking and workshop with agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) involved in agri-business venture agreements (AVA)… Read More..