DAR, LGU ink MOA for LinkSFarMM project in AgSur town

From left to right: CARPO Joven R. Pizarro, Prosperidad Coordinator Leonard P. Aligway, Mayor Frederick mark P. Mellana, PARPO II Jamil P. Amatonding Jr., LinkSFaRMM Regional Coordinator Hazel hope V. Bautista, LinkSFarMM Provincial Coordinators, Leah G. Maticyeng and Jimmielou Azares

Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Sur, together with the local government unit of Prosperidad, and Ago Magsaysay Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMARBEMCO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Rubber Production on June 16, 2021 in Prosperidad, this province.

The effort is under the Linking Smallholder Farmers to Market with Microfinance (LinkSFarMM) project, a partnership project that links Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries to reliable market connections, integrates the supply chain and utilizes the eight steps in agro-enterprise clustering approach to increase the production and income of ARBs and their household through agricultural extension, marketing assistance, and capacity building.

“Farmers are the true heroes specially at this time of pandemic and the department had continuously find avenues to help them in becoming self-reliant. I am hoping that the farmers in Prosperidad will emulate us by taking the government’s assistance seriously,” said PARPO II Jamil P. Amatonding Jr.

“Product development is part of this project, thereby helping farmers transform into becoming entrepreneurs”, he added.

Prosperidad Municipal Mayor Frederick Mark P. Mellana, challenged the farmers to dream big.

“Take advantage of this opportunity and implement the project to its full potential. The local government is always here to support you as you venture into another milestone.” He said.

AMARBEMCO Chairperson Bebylyn Villarta thanked DAR in helping rubber farmers like them to have a better market of their produce.

Salamat sa DAR sa pagsalig ug tabang para kanamo nga mga mag uuma sa rubber. Amo gayud paningkamotan nga kami molambo pinaagi sa inyong mga tabang. (Thanks to DAR for the trust and the help extended to us, rubber farmers. We will work hard to improve our lives through your help.),” she said.


- Rechel D. Besonia, PIO Agusan del Sur