DAR turns over 12.9-M worth of agri inputs in Banisilan, Cotabato Prov
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato Province, July 24 (PIA)—At least 1,195 farmers in Banisilan town in Cotabato Province are expected to benefit from the agri-inputs augmentation under the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project of the Department of Agrarian Reform with a combined amount of P12.992M, a high-ranking official of the department said.
Engr. Reynaldo Anfone, provincial agrarian reform provincial officer II, said the agri-inputs in the form of seedlings and fertilizers were part of the Agricultural Production Intensification and Expansion of Agro-Forestry and Agribusiness Crops Program under the three sub-projects of DAR-MinSAAD Project.
“These three sub-projects include the rubber production, processing and marketing; coffee production, processing and marketing; and the cacao production, processing and marketing which were implemented in 15 barangays of Banisilan,” Anfone said.
In a ceremonial distribution of agri-inputs on July 22, Anfone elaborated that some 166,400 rubber seedlings; 240,000 coffee seedlings; 120,000 cacao seedlings; and 1,600 sacks of fertilizers were turned-over to different DAR-assisted organizations in Banisilan.
“We are looking forward to an additional 400 hectares for rubber, 400 hectares for coffee, and 200 hectares for cacao to be planted by these seedlings. Making an additional 1,000 hectares productive, we are expecting that farmers in Banisilan will increase their productivity and income to uplift their lives from poverty,” Anfone said
Farmer-beneficiaries of Banisilan through their respective organizations, Anfone added, will also benefit from the additional agricultural interventions by generating additional resource through establishing additional nurseries or augmenting their existing nurseries designed as an enterprise.
Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco who served as the guest of honour showed her support to the project and urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the interventions provided to them.
“You have to take good care of the project and sustain it because you are just stewards of this project since this was entrusted to you among other potential beneficiaries in Banisilan,” Catamco said.
Catamco also reminded the beneficiaries that the project will have a greater impact on their lives only if it will be managed properly.
She also assured the farmer-beneficiaries of her full support in making their lives better together with the efforts of the local leaders and other local and national government agencies.
As a response from one of the proponent organizations, George Molina of Banisilan Rubber Farmers ARB Cooperative expressed his gratefulness for being chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the project.
“We are fortunate to receive the additional rubber seedlings from DAR-MinSAAD Project. More members of our cooperative will be happy to expand their production areas because of the rubber processing plant given to us by the project. We also encourage everyone to grow more rubber trees,” Molina said.
Molina also shared that they are hoping for a huge volume of rubber cuplumps to be supplied for the sustainable operation of the processing plant with the full support and interventions of the LGU, PLGU, and DAR.
“With this project, we are expecting to have a good price for our rubber produce, thereby increasing the profitability and improve the quality of living of the farmers in Banisilan,” Molina said.
PARPO II Reynaldo Anfone, Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco, and Banisilan Mayor Jesus Alisasis also led the symbolic planting of rubber, cacao, and coffee seedlings. Alamada Mayor Jesus Sacdalan was also present during the activity. (DAR-Cotabato Province/DED/PIA XII)