TWO agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (Arbos) in Cauayan town and La Carlota City received a total of P900,000 worth of Village Level Farm-Focused Enterprise Development (VLFED) projects from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Negros Occidental-South.
The DAR-Negros Occidental II signed on Tuesday, August 8, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Bajay Patol Agrarian Reform Cooperative (BPARC) in Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, for the establishment of the said project seen to benefit 191 farmer-beneficiaries.
On Monday, the agency also signed a partnership with the Barangay Ara-al Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (Baarba) in La Carlota City for the implementation of similar project, covering 149 members.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Lucrecia Taberna said that under the agreement, the DAR will allocate P450,000 for the trainings and construction of the processing center in each project site.
The recipient-Arbos, meanwhile, will spearhead the implementation of the project and will shoulder the labor expenses.
Other project components include preparation of documentary requirements, capability development building activities, and ensuring raw materials sustainability.
Taberna said the project will help the BPARC in producing and marketing their virgin coconut oil products while Baarba will produce turmeric and ginger tea.
"The VLFED is implemented in line with the agency's continuing thrusts of strengthening agri-enterprises among ARBs and their organizations, and enabling them to sustain the productivity of their awarded lands," Taberna said.
Establishing farm-focused community enterprises which promote value- adding activities to major and secondary crops also allows the participation of other community members in the livelihood activities within the value chain and increase their household income, she added.
Recipient-ARBOs, for their part, said the project will equip them with skills on product development, including packaging, labeling and processing.
"It will give us the competitive-advantage in positioning our products even for bigger markets," Baarba's president Emilio Lumogdang said.