CARIG SUR, Tuguegaro City—Efforts to improve farmers’ agricultural production got a big boost as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over P400,000.00 worth of farm machineries and equipment to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Cagayan Province.
DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said the farm machines and its accessories would help modernize rice and corn farming in Cagayan Province.
The DAR distributed 2 units of hand tractors with 7 horsepower water cooled diesel engine, 2 heavy duty power tillers with cage wheel, a heavy-duty power trailer with 2 pair tire and accessories comprising of belts, pulley, blots, and lubricants to the Pata Multipurpose Cooperative (PMPC) from East, Claveria.
The Nagatatuan Irrigators Association, Inc. (NIAI) from Gattaran, Cagayan received 2 units of floating tillers with 13 horsepower gasoline engine and standard accessories.
“These farm implements will service more than 300 farmers here. And because the machines are mechanized, it would make farming easier and faster for them. It will also greatly improve their yield and increase their income,” Tobias said.
Tobias explained that the department, through its Support Services Division implements these activities under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) which aims to improve farm productivity and increase the net income of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in a sustainable manner through their organizations.
He encouraged the members of the two cooperatives to be diligent in convincing farmers, especially agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to become members of farm cooperatives to increase ARB membership.
“One of the conditions in our memorandum of agreement (MOA) is to increase ARB membership in the two ARBOs. We require this condition in order for us to see that your ARBO is strong and united, as a government agency, we want to make sure that the grants we give to our ARBOs will be maximized,” Tobias said.
“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,” Tobias added.
After the signing of the MOA, a maintenance training on farm machineries and Equipment to the ARB members was conducted at DAR regional grounds to equip and familiarize them with the new farming techniques and tools. (30)
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