DAR turns over agri machineries to Surigao Norte farmers
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 22 (PIA) — As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect the lives, livelihood and economy across the country, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Surigao del Norte carries on with the implementation of their programs for the farmers.
The agency releases over P1.3 million pesos worth of farm facilities to the Himamaug Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (HARBCO) in the municipality of Taganaan, Surigao del Norte under its Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project.
At least 100 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of the HARBCO will directly benefit from it.
“These farm implements are a necessity for farming in this day and age and the government through DAR provided these to our farmers for free,” said Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Maria Elizabeth de Guzman of DAR in Surigao del Norte.
The service machineries include a four-wheel drive tractor, rotary tiller, and trailer that would greatly enhance the overall productivity.
By utilizing these new equipment, farmers are able to get more work done in a shorter period of time. This would mean increase in yield and income among farmers.
De Guzman said the cooperative also hopes to become a key player as main supplier of fruits and vegetables in the local market.
“We have seen the passion of the HARBCO members in improving their organization and uplifting their lives. They are much determined to keep up with the advancement in farming,” said De Guzman.
Apart from agricultural mechanization, De Guzman added that DAR-Surigao del Norte has also distributed food packs, food supplement, pesticides, fertilizers, and farm production kits to all the agrarian reform beneficiaries in the area.
Meanwhile, the members of the HARBCO are thankful for the equipment that they received from DAR and for the support of the local government unit of Taganaan.
They have committed to ensure the regular maintenance of the newly acquired equipment and maximize the use as intended for their purpose.
The Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project of DAR aims to sustain the agricultural production as a primary means of livelihood of the agrarian community and an intervention to strengthen the resilience to the effects of climate change. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)