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September 22, 2016 24

DAR Secretary bats for new land reform law in Senate budget…

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 20 -- Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano has enjoined senators to pass a new law that will expand the coverage of the government’s agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme. During… Read More..
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Sep 22, 2016 19

DAR asks Senate for expanded land reform, lower costs for…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Monday called on lawmakers to pass a new measure which would expand the coverage of the government's agrarian reform program, and lower amortization costs for beneficiaries."(W)e take this opportunity for the Senate… Read More..
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Sep 15, 2016 110

Govt eyes 2-year break in farmland conversions

AN EXECUTIVE order is being prepared to declare a two-year moratorium on the conversion of agricultural lands, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has said. Read More..
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Sep 15, 2016 107

DAR to stop processing applications for land-use conversion

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is halting the process and approval of applications on land-use conversion ahead of a proposal to have a two-year moratorium on conversion, a report on GMA News' "Balitanghali" said Wednesday. Read More..

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Mariano to revoke approval on undeveloped converted agricultural lands

foodevolutionphAgrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano will revoke the approval on the conversion of agricultural lands if they are not developed into the commercial, industrial, or residential area they were meant to be.

In a statement, Mariano said that the law allows the Department of Agrarian Reform to go after individuals and companies if the farm land they converted within five years.

Mariano has asked the National Irrigation Administration for a list of irrigated lands that have been converted into non-agricultural lands.

“NIA’s data said some 50,000 hectares were converted. The average rice yield per hectare is three to four metric tons. That would mean we are losing more than 150 metric tons of rice every harvest season which could have been additional production to ensure our food security,” Mariano said.

The DAR has been reviewing the farm lands converted into non-agricultural lands int eh past five years making an inventory.

“By September, I will know the extent of those converted lands in terms of number of conversion orders, areas covered and number of farmers involved. We will then study everything before we make legal actions,” Mariano added.

Source: http://foodevolution.com.ph/2016/08/mariano-to-revoke-approval-on-undeveloped-converted-agricultural-lands/