DAR Surigao del Sur recently handed over one (1) unit hand tractor with agri-inputs to San Roque United Crop & Livestock Farmers Association of Bislig City. Said livelihood assistance is funded under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS)- Sustainable Livelihood Project granted for those farmers living in vulnerable areas.
According to DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Leoncio C. Bautista, Jr, the CRFPS is one of the support programs of the DAR in addressing food insufficiency caused by climate change. He also explained that through DAR-CRFPS the Department has responded to the needs of the farmers especially in this times of pandemic.
Meanwhile, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Victor L. Canda said that despite the pandemic and the challenge of weather condition, the DAR remains committed to help improve the income of farmers’ organizations in the province”.
Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Restituto Marilla in an interview with local TV channel said, “the farm support extended to the association amounted to P183,000 pesos to augment in the farming activities of the ARBO”.
For Chairperson Juanito O. Borja, this is an answered prayer. “Daku among pasalamat sa DAR, sa gihatag nga farm machinery ug agri-inputs, dako kini og tabang sa panginabuhian sa among asosasyon.” (We are thankful to DAR for giving this farm machinery and agri-inputs, this is a great help to increase income to our organization), he said.
With the grant, a total of 46 farmers will benefit the project, Chairperson Borja added.
San Roque United Crop & Livestock Farmers Association is a group of farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries engaged in rice and vegetable farming.
The ceremonial handover was led by PARPO 1 Victor Canda together with CARPO PBDD Restituto Marilla and ARPO 1 Felixberto Osorio as witnessed by the officers and members of the recipient association.
-Myra Yu, PIO Surigao del Sur