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Sustainable livelihood positioned to strengthen disaster-prone farmers

NEGROS. The Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental-North delivers construction materials to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations in the province for the establishment of their mushroom production shade houses recently. (Contributed photo)

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North has delivered construction materials to two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (Arbos) in the province for the establishment of their mushroom production shade house.

The construction materials were delivered to Jerusalem Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association in Barangay Jerusalem in Cadiz City on November 16, and Malanog Calatrava Agrarian Reform Farmers Association in Barangay Malanog in Catrava on November 17, respectively.

The initiative is part of the implementation phase of the project Small-Scale Mushroom Production funded under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) project of the DAR's Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD).

Rizalina Yuguing, officer-in-charge Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer of the PBDD, said the PBDD follows a holistic approach to effectively implement the projects to the Arbos identified as prone to disasters.

"We execute this project's four components such as capacity development training, provision of supplies and materials, establishment of mushroom production shade house, and provision of ready to produce mushroom fruiting bags," she added.

The materials delivered include 300 sheets of nipa for roofing, 48 pieces of wood lumber, bamboo poles, bags of cement, steel rod, 70 pieces of hollow blocks, nails, and safety net for nipa hut totaling to P190,000.

Yuguing said the completion of the Mushroom Production Shade House project will pave a way for the Arbos to start their small-scale business seen to benefit their families.

"We believe that with the training and materials we have provided to implement this project, these disaster-prone communities will be strengthened," she added.

The DAR said with the current pandemic and natural calamities confronting the country, it continues to take its part in helping ARBs.

Through one, implementing projects that provide them income, increase

their productivity, maximize the utilization of their idle areas, and promote environmentally sustainable livelihood projects.

"Indeed, resiliency is not enough thus, the DAR continues to bank on tangible projects to help the Filipino farmers in whatever storms they may face," it added.


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