THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North is set to distribute a total of P780,000 worth of livelihood facilities to three agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (Arbos) this month.

Nine facilities comprised of three units of Substrate Bagger Machine worth P100,000 each, Purely Saw Dust Bagger Machine worth P70,000 each, and Substrate Mixer Machine worth P90,000 each are to be awarded to recipient-Arbos such as Nacayao Small Farmers Association in Silay City, Jerusalem ARB Association in Cadiz City, and Malanog Calatrava ARB Association in Calatrava.

The facilities were procured by the DAR in aid to the Arbos' Small-Scale Mushroom Production Business established through the Sustainable Livelihood project of Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) project implemented by the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD).

"We, in DAR-Negros Occidental I, encourage our Arbos to not entirely rely on sugarcane production. Hence, we have introduced them to other businesses such as Small-Scale Mushroom Production to augment their organizations' income," Officer-in-charge Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rizalina Yuguing said.

Yuguing added that DAR's primary aim in conducting the project is to enhance the farming capability of the organization.

Also, for them to maximize the productivity of their Carp-awarded lands.

The CRFPS is geared toward the goal of building resiliency among agrarian reform communities with an emphasis on enhancing and sustaining their agricultural productivity as adaptation measures towards farming mechanization.

This project will also support the organizations to increase their farm production and yield better income.

The PBD is a support service delivery component of the DAR that aims to capacitate ARBs and provide them access to salient support services to make their land productive thereby improving their lives.