THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental – North has launched two Farm Business School projects in Toboso town and Cadiz City in the northern part of the province.
The facilities, located in Barangay Tabun-ac in Toboso and Barangay Luna in Cadiz City, were launched on April 3 and 23, respectively.
These are seen to benefit a total of 60 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), particularly the members of Hagnaya Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Toboso and Caridad Farmers Association in Cadiz City.
Farm business school projects aim to develop sustainable vegetable production systems and boost the marketing skills of the recipient-farmers.
Tabun-ac village chief Dante Sabillo, in a statement, said ARB-members of Hagnaya Agrarian Reform Cooperative should continue strengthening their organization.
Sabillo urged them to be good stewards of the projects entrusted to them by different government agencies including the DAR.
It can be recalled that the cooperative received farm tractors with implements worth P4.5 million through the agency’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (Arccess) project in April last year.
Toboso Municipal Agriculture Officer Noel Tan, for his part, assured the ARBs of the assistance of the local government.
In Cadiz City, agriculturist Enrique Escares III said they have been providing assistance to boost rice and vegetable production in the city.
Escares said farmer associations are urged to accredit their organizations to the city government to avail other support services including those from the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Also, he encouraged farmer-beneficiaries to diversify.