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Farming coop gets P4.1 M aid from DAR, city government

piaGENERAL SANTOS CITY,  June 19 (PIA) –  An  farmer  organization here recently  received  farming  equipment    worth  P4.1  million   from the Department of Agrarian  Reform  and the city  government of General Santos  Coty.

The Tinagacan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (TARBC)   got  a  flatbed dryer and  one  tractor   with   disc  plow, dish harrow and trailer  worth  P1 million and  P3.1 million, respectively, through the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS)  program.

Fidel Morales, DAR assistant regional director for operations, and other top DAR officials handed the equipment to TARBC president Zaldy Oñas on June 11 in Barangay Tinagacan.

“Maraming salamat talaga sa DAR at binigay nila sa amin ang project na to. Matagal na talaga namin tong hinihiling dahil kailangan namin, at sa wakas, nahahawakan na naming,”  Oñas said

(We are really thankful to DAR that they gave this project to us. We have been wishing this equipment because we need it, and last, we can get a hold of it).

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and City Agriculturists Office (CAO) head Merlinda Donasco also graced the occasion.

The local government unit of General Santos City (LGU-GSC) is the major partner of DAR in this project.

“We would like to express our gratitude to DAR for giving this project to Gensan. I know this project won’t be limited to Gensan because this can be also utilized in Sarangani and Cotabato,” Mayor Rivera said.

“I also would like to commend the TARBC for their good performance that they have qualified in this program. Actually, we can call this divine intervention, because the DAR’s ARCCESS only gives farming equipment to one cooperative every cluster,” the mayor explained.

In Sarangani and Gensan cluster, only TARBC and a farming cooperative in Kawas, Alabel have  met the requirements given by DAR.

Morales said the ARCCESS project is a strategic scheme DAR made to provide farming equipment to cooperatives that have potential to proliferate their yields.

“Since there is no PDAF anymore, we have come up with this ARCCESS so that we can still comply with the mandate of RA 9700 (An Act Strengthening the Agrarian Reform Program),” Morales explained.

“We have limited budget that is why we only subsidize farming cooperatives that have great potential to proliferate their yields. When that will happen, it is our challenge for them to help other farming cooperatives in their production, so that they can grow too,” Morales added.

ARCCESS  in an intervention  program  that   to help   ARBs  retain the lands   awarded to them  by  increasing  production   and  engagement in  agri-based and related  enterprises.

Components of the program  include  provision of common service facilities (CSFs) for production and processing, agri-technology and agri-extension services, business development services, credit facilitation, and land tenure improvement.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rivera announced during the turnover ceremony that the Department of Agriculture has allotted P18,384,000 for the Food Security Program in  the  city. For these  projects to be   implemented, LGU-GSC  has set aside  P3,244,235   as  counterpart.  

This will be used to rehabilitate the Purok 11 – Purok 8 farm-to-market-road (FMR) in Barangay Tinagacan.

DAR   also allocated P11.8 million  for the   concreting of the Purok 8 – Purok 20 FMR in the same barangay also.  For  this,  LGU-GSC gave a counterpart of P5.9 million.

The construction of these FMRs is targeted to start in August. (IJLagare-Gensan CPIO/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611434689437/farming-coop-gets-p4-1-m-aid-from-dar-city-government

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