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Mang Rene: A farmer who earns like a manager

WEB CARAGA SARA 001A three (3) hectare farm that earns around P40,000.00 a month? Are you kidding!

As far as Rene Canieso Pido, 54, is concerned, everything is possible, because that’s what he made from the farm he was cultivating in Barangay Malandag, Malungon in Sarangani Province. Through the land, awarded to him under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Manong Rene as his peers called him, was able to provide his wife, Moonyeen, 54 and son, Kervin, 22 all their basic needs.

Although Manong Rene’s earnings were close to an office manager’s salary, his farming life didn’t set off without difficulty.

Way back in 1980’s, he helped his father cultivate a three (3) hectare agricultural land owned by his uncle, Celso Duran. The area was leased by his father and planted with corn. They had a production sharing of 75-25 in favor of his father, however, all farm expenses were shouldered by him.

Manong Rene recalled that their income at that time was not enough because they only relied on corn production. His father wanted to try his hand on intercropping, the practice of growing two or more crops at the same time, but they could not do so for it was not specified in the lease contract. To do so might lead to their eviction from the land.

Unfortunately, in 1981 his father died. Being the eldest in the family of nine (9), Manong Rene, at the age of 23, had no choice but to take his father’s place as the head of the family to help his mother fend his siblings. He needed to concentrate on working in the farm and was forced to quit his mechanical engineering course.

“During that time, it was very hard for us, the farmers, to produce more than enough because our only source of irrigation was commonly called as earth canal. Although the canal contributed to a sufficient yield, it collapsed whenever there was a heavy rain and farms all over were flooded,” he said.

In 1989, his uncle’s property was put through P.D. 27, also known as the “Operation Land Transfer,” which was eventually awarded to him as farmer-beneficiary.

Since then, a turn-around in his income was noticed compared to his earnings as tenant. He said his profits increased because he could plant any crops and even practice various farming methods, like intercropping. Besides, there was no one to share the farm earnings anymore.

Through intercropping, Manong Rene planted 200 coconut trees in that year in the one hectare portion of his acquired property. He intercropped it with corn considering that coconuts bear fruit after 7 to 10 years. While waiting for the full bearing of coconut, Manong Rene enjoyed the good harvest of corn.

In 2000, Barangay Malandag was declared agrarian reform community (ARC), for which it became entitled to receive various support services from the government. The rehabilitation of their irrigation project, funded under Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP), was one of the most significant projects they received from the DAR.

“We were so fortunate to have the irrigation rehabilitated. Because of this facility, more farms were irrigated, which maximize the agricultural production in our community. And flooding has been greatly minimized,” Manong Rene said.

At present Manong Rene’s coconut trees generate around P12,000 each month. Out of his 200 coconut trees, 50 of them were indulged to “Tuba” production, which earns P6,000 monthly. The rest was for fresh buko, P5,000 and copra, P1,000.

“Three years ago, I devoted one-hectare of my farm to banana trees. The 2,200 “lakatan” trees that I planted is now earning P10,000 per month,” Manong Rene said.

On the other hand, around half hectare of the property was devoted to corn. Manong Rene said his income out of this crop was not that much because he has to share them with his farm workers. “I only earn around P3,000, but what matters is that I’m able to help other farmers financially,” he shared.

Manong Rene made it a point to attend various trainings on agricultural productivity and livelihood programs conducted by government agencies to widen his farming knowledge.

“Among the seminars and trainings I attended, I believed that livestock production had a big help in boosting my farm earnings,” Manong Rene said as he shared that he earnsP15,000 monthly for raising high-breed cows for dairy production. At present, he has 6 heads of cows, 1 male and 5 female, which produce 16 liters of milk daily, and are sold at around P500 in a day.

Just recently, Manong Rene started to raise goats initially for personal consumption and out of a hobby. However, with 11 heads of nannies, nine (9) of them are pregnant, he is certain that it will bring additional income to his family.

He shared that what was good in raising cows and goats was that, feeding cost was less because they only eat grasses such as napier grass, guinea grass, and ipil-ipil grass, among others, which are all available inside his farm as he purposely planted them.

Eight families – four (4) families in his coconut area, one (1) for the lakatan area, two (2) for watchers for his cows and goats, and one (1) for the corn area – also greatly benefit from his success.

“I wanted to be an inspiration to all the farmers in Malandag, especially to those farmers who abandoned their lands, particularly the farmer-beneficiaries who sold their areas even when it is against the law,” Manong Rene said.

“It is impossible for farmers to remain poor. All you need are perseverance, sincerity and passion for you to succeed. As Vince Lombardi Jr. said, the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, nor a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will,” added by the farmer who earns like a manager. (Sarah Jane Sinsuat)

P19.9-M Marketing Center For Sultan Kudarat Farmers

news regional pix 1 august 10 2015The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to turn-over a P19.9-million worth of information and marketing facility to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Sultan Kudarat in Barrio 2, Takurong City to help them boost their agricultural products.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARO II) Rodolfo Alburo said the Agrarian Information and Marketing Center (AIM-C) is equipped with office space, conference room, store room, display room for products of member-organizations, warehouse for storage of consolidated farm produce, motor pool for farm machineries, and information database for all products in the province.

PARPO Alburo said the facility would be operated and managed by Sultan Kudarat ARB Network (SKARBNET), a provincial federation of ARB organizations.

“With the features of AIM-C, SKARBNet is expected to operate and help its members better particularly on the information and marketing needs, as well as to improve the quality of services extended to its member organizations,” Alburo said.

AIM-C is a project under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III) funded by Japan Banking International Cooperation (JBIC) and implemented by the DAR, in coordination with local government units.

“The construction of the building is already completed. However, some works, such as the construction of the perimeter fence and site improvements have yet to be performed by the Provincial Government of Sultan Kudarat as their counterpart to the said project,” said Alburo.

Alburo added that as soon as the fencing and site improvements are completed, the turnover will be scheduled.news regional pix 2 august 10 2015

Engineer Farhad Cordero of the Provincial Engineering Office said that they are now finalizing the program of work for the construction of the perimeter fence and for other improvements.

The total project cost of AIM-C is Php 19,875,076.00. About 30% of which or a total of P5,884,346.00 is from ARISP III and the other 70% amounting to P13,990,730.00 is from the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Sultan Kudarat.

Portion of the PLGU counterpart includes site development works amounting to P1,556,857.00, right-of-way costs amounting to Php 4,500,00.00 and 10-year operation and maintenance cost amounting to Php 6,000,000.00. Other costs also include pre-engineering,

Alburo said that on the date of AIM-C turnover to SKARBNet, DAR will also turn over heavy-duty farm machineries to the same ARBO to maximize its potential in bringing change to the lives of farmers in the province. (Jose Jemuel B. Dael, DAR-Sultan Kudarat)


DAR, SRA promotes gender sensitivity among sugarcane farmers

piaKIDAPAWAN  CITY, North Cotabato,  Aug 3 (PIA)  --In line with its  efforts to to promote gender equality in the sugarcane industry, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) recently rolled-out gender sensitivity training among sugarcane farmers in North Cotabato.

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DAR Completes ₱3.6M Peace Projects

regional news 4 pix 1 august 3 2015The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently completed P3.6 million worth of infrastructure projects that should help develop, empower and make more productive the farming communities in Polomolok, South Cotabato.regional news 4 pix 2 august 3 2015

Polomolok, was by DAR under the national government’s PAyapa at MAsaganang pamayaNAn (PAMANA) program, which covers the town’s 23 barangays, as part of the country’s sustainable rural development program.

“Our team, along with the team from the local government of Polomolok, conducted a joint inspection of these project which are now ready for turn over to the local government unit of Polomolok,” says DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Felix C. Frias.

regional news 4 pix 3 august 3 2015The 12 infrastructure projects includes the construction of lined canals in Barangays Magsaysay, Poblacion, Lapu, Upper Klinan, and Polo, multipurpose buildings at Glamang and Silway 8, construction of a potable water system and intake tank at Brgy. Cannery Site, construction of submersible pump and rehabilitation of a school stage at Klinan 6, road concretization at Lumakil and construction of solar dryer in Brgy. Bentung.

PAMANA is the government’s program and framework for peace and development in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. (Kathleen D. Sespeñe)regional news 4pix 4 august 3 2015

Photo 1:  
Constructed intake tank in Barangay Cannery Site.

Photo 2:  
Concreted road in Barangay Lumakil.

Photo 3:  
Lined canal in Barangay Magsaysay.

Photo 4: 
A multi-purpose building at Barangay Glamang.

Region XII News

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Mang Rene: A farmer who earns like a manager

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news regional pix 1 august 10 2015
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P19.9-M Marketing Center For Sultan Kudarat Farmers

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DAR, SRA promotes gender sensitivity among sugarcane farmers

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Aug 3 (PIA) --In line with its efforts to to promote gender equality in the sugarcane industry, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) recently rolled-out gender… Read More..
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DAR Completes ₱3.6M Peace Projects

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently completed P3.6 million worth of infrastructure projects that should help develop, empower and make more productive the farming communities in Polomolok, South Cotabato.Polomolok, was by DAR under the national… Read More..