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P56-M development projects set for agrarian communities in N. Cotabato

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Dec. 4  (PIA)  --  Agrarian  reform  beneficiaries  in four  municipalities in  North Cotabato  are  set  to  benefit  from P56-million worth of  poverty  alleviation  projects that will be implemented soon, an  official of the Department of Agrarian Reform  here  announced.

Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II, said the projects, amounting P56, 675, 856 will be implemented in Alamada, Banisilan, Pigcawayan, and Tulunan towns under the DAR-Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project.

“The DAR-MinSAAD project seeks to address poverty issues in the settlement areas through competitive and sustainable agriculture, using inclusive approach and modalities in investments that are based on value chain analysis of key agricultural commodities,” Abella said.

“The project is also focused on  sustainable agricultural development; support services such as irrigation, access infrastructure and postharvest, potable water system, marketing and related aspects; effective governance and social protection; and others that would support the objective of alleviating poverty in marginalized target  area.”

At  the DAR-MinSAAD executive stakeholders conference  at the Cotabato Provincial Capitol on November 28,  the four recipient local government units signed the sub-project agreements for the project implementation.

These LGUs will implement projects that will help increase agricultural productivity, product value and income of agrarian  reform beneficiaries  and other small scale farmers.

Alamada LGU, for  example, will carry out  sub-projects that include coffee production, processing and marketing amounting to P3,665,655 and rubber production, processing and marketing amounting to P 7,689,260.

Meanwhile, Banisilan LGU   is set  to  implement rubber production, processing and marketing  project (P 31,026,540); coffee production, processing and marketing (P5,052,495); cacao production, processing and marketing (P3,303,100); oil palm production and marketing  (P504, 350).

Both  Pigcawayan and  Tulunan  LGU  are also  set to  implement  rubber  production  projects  amounting  to P2,950,076 and P 2,484,380, respectively.

“We deeply hope that these projects will help increase household income by enabling the farmers and their organizations to engage in more profitable income-generating activities on a sustainable basis,” Abella said.

To ensure success and sustainability of these projects, he added, DAR-MinSAAD will focus on four areas of interventions, namely: (1) provision of agriculture, agribusiness and agroforestry development support with farm-to-market roads and bridges, irrigation and common service facilities (CSF) as subcomponent; (2) provision of rural water supply; (3) institutional development support, and (4) project management.

DAR-MinSAAD project is a loan program from the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

DAR is the lead agency in the implementation of the MinSAAD project. (RDOrejudos-DAR N. Cotabato/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611417673578/p56-m-development-projects-set-for-agrarian-communities-in-n-cotabato

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