DAR races to complete land distribution in WV

ONLY 25 percent of the 25,000 hectares targeted for land distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Western Visayas was accomplished five months before the deadline by end of December 2014.

However, DAR Reg. Dir. Alejandro Otacan said his office is determined to accomplish and finish the target distribution in the region by the end of the year as everything is ready for distribution to farmer beneficiaries.

DAR is celebrating the 26th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the regional office has already distributed 3,763 hectares of landholding regionwide for the first semester. The biggest bulk came from the province of Negros Occidental as the agrarian reform agency continues to provide services to its beneficiaries.

Otacan is hopeful that with the continued implementation of CARP, the landholdings targeted for distribution will be accomplished. The agrarian reform beneficiaries will be given the required support services for them to be truly empowered.

There are 41 subprojects in agrarian reform community connectivity an economic support services being implemented by involving 93 agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations covering 16,492 beneficiaries in the region.

Among the projects implemented are farm mechanization processing and marketing, copra processing and marketing, production and processing of organic products, cassava production and marketing, sustainable profitable plantation scale production, coco coir fiber production, rice-based enterprise, sugar block farm mechanization and bio-organic fertilizer production.

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