THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-North in Negros Occidental recently received six brand new heavy-duty tractors worth P20.7 million under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (Arccess).

Milagros Flores, OIC-provincial agrarian reform program officer I, said in a press statement that these tractors will be distributed to deserving agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (Arbos) in the northern part of the province to help ease farming activities, lessen expenses, and improve their productivity.

The units are John Deere four-wheel drive tractors with 90 horse power, four cylinder diesel engines, and turbo charged intercooler.

The tractors, together with its respective implements such as mounted disc plow, trailing disc harrow, and three-ton heavy-duty trailer are now parked at the grounds of Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) office in Bacolod City.

Flores said there are three more tractors to follow for the second batch of farm-beneficiaries in the province.

Arccess is DAR’s strategic intervention to retain the awarded lands of agrarian reform beneficiaries through helping them in increasing production as well as providing engagement in agri-based and related enterprises.

Through this program, the government also hopes to help farmer-beneficiaries become viable entrepreneurs, Flores added.