Pangasinan – Fifteen agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) from different municipalities here received Friday farm machineries and equipment from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
DAR-1 Regional Director Engr. Leandro A. Caymo, hopes to modernize farming in the province through the grant which includes a four-wheel-drive tractor, five rice transplanters, five cultivators/tillers, and fourteen irrigation water pumps.
“Alagaan at pagyamanin ang mga ibinigay sa inyong machineries sa pagsasaka para umunlad ang inyong pamumuhay,” Caymo said.
Roberto P. Gavina, head of the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) program, said because the machines are mechanized, it would make farming easier and faster for the farmers.
For her part, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana B. Francisco said these farm implements will service more than 2,535 farmers here.
She explained that the department, through its support services division, gives out machineries under the CRFPS program and the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services project to improve farm productivity and increase the income of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in a sustainable manner through their organizations.
She encouraged the members of the cooperatives to be diligent in convincing farmers, especially ARBs, to become members of farm cooperatives.
“The DAR can only provide additional support services to an organization if there is a growing ARB membership that will justify the need to deliver more farm machineries and equipment,” Francisco said.
The tractor was handed over to Basing Farmers Irrigators and Livestock Raisers Association, Inc. from Brgy. Basing, Lingayen.
Meanwhile, the irrigation water pumps were distributed to seven ARBOs: Southern Binmaley MPC in Binmaley, Casapigarean Farmers Association in Urbiztondo, Basing Farmers Irrigators and Livestock Raisers Association, Inc. in Lingayen, Sanlibo Farmers Association, Inc. in Bayambang, Home Along Coliling Farmers Association in San Carlos, Aliguas Dumaralos na Buenlag Association, Inc. in Calasiao, and Alitaya Mangin Irrigators Association, Inc. in Mangaldan.
The cultivators/tillers were given to Rang-Ay Upland Integrated Farmers Association in Bani, Sitio Mapita HVC Growers Association in Aguilar, Catablan ARC Credit Cooperative in Urdaneta City, Artacho Farmers Association in Bautista, and Bantog Samahang Nayon MPC in Asingan.
Five rice transplanters were given to Mangatarem MPC in Mangatarem, Women’s Unity for Progress and Farmers PMC in Mapandan, Alitaya Mangin Irrigators Association, Inc. in Mangaldan, Sto. Domingo MPC in San Miguel.
“Mapapabilis ang trabaho namin sa lupa. Kasi kung walang traktor, maghahanap at magbabayad pa kami. Dagdag-gastos sa aming association,” said Basing Farmers Irrigators & Livestock Raisers Association, Inc. chairman Abraham Castro.
After the turnover of farm equipment, training sessions on using and maintaining them were conducted for the farmer beneficiaries.