9,000 farmers to get new tools, equipment

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Thursday, December 27, 2012


THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) 7 will spend P53 million to implement 18 projects under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services Program (Arccess) that will benefit 9,100 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Central Visayas.

DAR 7 Director Rodolfo T. Inson said the projects will benefit growers of corn and sugarcane.

Tractors, tracers and other farm implements will be purchased by DAR for the rice and corn growers, as well as hauling trucks for the sugarcane growers.

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The public bidding for all the farm machineries and post-harvest facilities will be completed this month. The items will be delivered next month.

DAR will also hire experts from non-government organizations (NGOs) and private firms to assist the government agency in providing the farmers the technology and technical know-how that they need.

Aside from providing the farmers with production and post-harvest machineries and facilities, DAR will also contract service providers that can assist the beneficiaries in using the new equipment.

The bidding for the hiring of experts will be conducted by region. The DAR Regional Bidding Committee was tasked to discuss the mechanics.

DAR 7 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Johnson Sinco said that in Cebu, the projects include the provision of production and post-harvest machineries and facilities for sugarcane, rice, dairy and vegetable.

Sinco said the Arccess project in Siquijor supports the new and “very promising” coco sap sugar production industry.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Maria Lourdes Mariano said a total of 18 Arccess projects for Central Visayas were approved for implementation next year.

Some 9,100 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and 60 Agrarian Reform Communities
(ARCs) will benefit from it.

DAR has already signed a memorandum of agreement with the ARB organizations to ensure the successful implementation of the projects.

Mariano, who is also the regional coordinator for the Special Program and Agrarian Reform Stakeholders Relations Office, said that four of these projects are in Bohol, eight in Negros Oriental and one in Siquijor.

She said that under the leadership of Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, DAR is focusing on improving the living condition of the farmers.

Arccess is designed to improve farm productivity, increase the net income of ARBs and help provide them with sustainable livelihood enterprises.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 27, 2012.

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