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piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato,  Oct  23  (PIA)   --  Nearly 1,800   idle  lands  in  Arakan, North Cotabato  will soon  become  productive  as the   provincial  office of the Department of Agrarian Reform here  launched  a project that would turn these areas  into  cacao and  coffee  farms.

Marion  Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II  said  at least  1,200  hectares  in the area will  be planted to  coffee and  another 576 hectares  to   cacao. Both commodities are  considered  high  value  crops.

These  projects,  he added,  would  cover  the villages of  Ganatan, Allab, Tumanding, and Lanao Kuran of the said  town.

 “DAR intensifies the implementation of these kinds of projects because we have seen the need of our Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) for sustainable farming interventions where most of the farmers practice mono-cropping,” Abella said.

“We want to improve the resiliency of our ARB households by helping them make their lands more productive, and by providing them necessary support services to enable them to venture in income generating enterprises in the future.”

In support  to   the projects,  the  World Food Programme (WFP) has recently approved the release of P2,706,850 million worth of food for asset, he continued.

This funding, he elaborated  would  translate to 1,259 bags of rice to be distributed to the beneficiaries for the labor rendered and as incentive of their participation to the trainings under the food for work and food for training schemes of the WFP.

“We are even more inspired in implementing development initiatives in the agrarian reform communities because of the government and non-government organizations such as the WFP and the Municipal Agriculture Office-Local Government Unit of Arakan who untiringly support us in every endeavor,” he said.

As part of the project implementation, each barangay will establish one hectare of cacao nursery and half a hectare coffee nursery which will be the source of the seedlings for the plantations later on.

These nurseries are expected to produce 720,000 coffee seedlings and 288,000 cacao seedlings to be planted in the idle lands of the AVSARC and as intercrop to their existing commodities.

“DAR is currently conducting a series of trainings on cacao and coffee production in the four barangays of AVSARC. Some 8,490 ARBs are expected to benefit from these projects,” Abella said.

DAR is implementing the cacao and coffee production projects in partnership with the Department of Agriculture-Local Government Unit of Arakan and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation-Project Management Office (PRRO-PMO)/United Nations-WFP under the Office of the Governor of North Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with  report from ROrejudos-DAR North Cotabato)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611414048190

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