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DAR TURNS OVER P72M WORTH OF FARM EQUIPMENT

-, October 30, 2015
DAR TURNS OVER P72M WORTH OF FARM EQUIPMENT
TACLOBAN CITY – Over a hundred agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) throughout Eastern Visayas received farm equipment after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over last week 184 common service facilities (CSFs) amounting to P72 million.
DAR TURNS OVER P72M WORTH OF FARM EQUIPMENT
Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong who led the turnover rites explained that these equipment were the recommended farm implements by the state universities and colleges (SUCs) commissioned by the Department to conduct the needs assessment and design assessment under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project.

Under ARCCESS, we develop the capabilities of the ARBOs in becoming farmer-entrepreneurs, Bistoyong added, thus we provide them the necessary CSFs.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Sheila Enciso disclosed that among the projects the ARBOs engaged in are rice production and marketing, cassava production and processing, organic vegetable production, coco coir and geotextile production, banana production and diversified cropping system.
Turned over farm implements were 86 hand tractors which amounted to P15.01-million, 58 rice threshers (P10.1-million), 17 floating tillers (P3.5-million), 12 rice reapers (P2.09-million), 8 4WD 90HP tractors (P30.5-million), 2 4WD 120HP tractors (P7.9-million) and 1 4WD 35HP tractor (P2.9-million).
According to Enciso, there were ARBOs provided with more than one equipment based on the recommendations of the SUCs.

The 12 ARBOs in the fourth district of Leyte who are into rice production and marketing received six hand tractors with implements, six rice threshers and six rice reapers.But, Enciso stressed, lead ARBOs were tasked to take the responsibilities in the maintenance of these machines.

With these CSFs and after undergoing intensive trainings from various professional service providers (PSPs), Bistoyong told the farmers that the government is expecting a great improvement in their quality of life. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA)
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