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piaISULAN, Sultan Kudarat, Julyn11 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian  Reform in  Sultan Kudarat Province  in cooperation with the Department of Trade and  Industry   recently  held an agribusiness investment forum for agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in in the area.

Said forum  aimed to generate trade and investments in the province so that more agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) can benefit with the entry of investors in the area, a report furnished to the Philippine Information Agency  said.  

Seven investors joined the said agribusiness investment forum held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Hall at the Provincial Capitol in Isulan town. 

Each presented their company profiles and enumerated their need for contiguous hectares of lands and raw material requirements.

However, out of 19 invited agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) only 13 ARBOs have participated on the said forum.

The invited ARBOs were selected in terms of available land area and the potential to produce or already have produced raw materials to match with the needed material requirements of the joining investors, buyers and companies.

Records from DAR provincial office revealed that as of May 2013, around 158,539.5409 hectares have been distributed to some 62,280 farmer-beneficiaries in the province. But reports reached the office of DAR that some of these lands are not fully productive, if not illegally sold to traders.

Rodolfo Alburo, Sultan Kudarat provincial agrarian reform program officer (PARPO), revealed that DAR Secretary Gil de los Reyes encouraged DAR provincial offices to increase the number of ARBs engaged into agribusiness venture arrangements.

“However it should be closely monitored so that rights of ARBs are ensured especially on tenurial rights,  minimum wage if employed as workers, land rentals and payments of annual amortizations to Land Bank {of the Philippines} and real property taxes,” PARPO Alburo explained.

He added that Sultan Kudarat has lots of potentials in terms of available land areas, skilled labor force and suitability of areas for high value crops such as pineapple, coffee, cacao, coconut, cassava, banana, rubber among others which have high demand from investors in large quantities.

The provincial government also supports the entry of investors in the province.

Provincial Governor Suharto Mangudadatu, in his welcome message, underscored the efforts of the provincial local government in creating a climate ideal for business.

Angelito Culagbang, agritech of San Miguel Foods Inc. (SMFI), during the company presentation, said that the demand for raw material requirement for cassava per year reaches 100,000 metric tons. He added that at the present production of cassava in region 12 falls short of the required demand.

Culagbang added that SMFI is still looking for potential partners to invest in cassava production. He said that their company will assist the willing ARB in terms of technical support to ensure the quality of cassava produce.

Other investors- buyers that joined the forum were Angels Best Products, Stanfilco of DOLE Phil, Green Tropics Coffee Enterprise, Cargill Phil., Arowana Corporation and Seabest Food and Beverage Corp. (AC Agad PIA 12/ with reports from Jose Jemuel B. Dael/DAR-SK)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1621405044457

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