Sugarcane farmers get dump trucks from DAR
The Department of Agrarian Reform turned over two 10-wheeler dump trucks worth P11.4 million to two farmers’ organizations in Tacloban City to help reduce hauling cost or sugarcane, serve as transportation and provide them with additional sources of revenues.
DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the dump trucks were awarded to the Boroc Agricultural Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BAP-MPC) in Ormoc City and the Libongao DAR Farmer Beneficiaries Association in Kananga.
The two farmers’ groups, she said are into sugar block farming, where small farms of less than five hectares are consolidated into blocks of at least 30 hectares.
Enciso said the dump trucks were recommended by state universities and colleges commissioned by DAR to assess the needs of the farmers.
She said the dump trucks could also be rented out and the income used for maintenance.
Cesario Pulvera, BAP-MPC manager, said the dump trucks would help their cooperative in hauling harvested sugarcanes.
“We save some cash as it is rented out to us for only P900, which is much lower than the prevailing fee of P1,000 to P1,500 per trip depending on the distance and the condition of the road,” he said.