P1.5M post-harvest facilities given to farmer groups in North Cotabato
Five farmer organizations in Libungan town recently received corn post-harvest facilities with a combined value of P1.5 million through the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSAAD), a foreign-assisted project under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
MinSAAD Project Manager Eduardo Suaybaguio identified the five Peoples’ Organizations (POs) as Palao Farmers’ Association, Kitubod Farmers’ Association, Kiloyao MRDP-CFAD Consortium, Cabpangi MRDP-CFAD Consortium, and Sinapangan Farmers’ Association.
Each of the four farmer groups received one unit corn sheller amounting to P120,000, while the Palao Farmers’ Association, as the lead PO, received the one unit corn mill, one unit corn sheller, one unit weighing scale, and one unit moisture tester with a combined amount of P1.1 million.
“The provision of these facilities will surely help more than 250 corn farmers toiling more or less 2,030 hectares. Aside, from these facilities, DAR-MinSAAD also ensures that recipients are consciously and organizationally prepared to accept, implement and sustain the projects given to them,” Suaybaguio said.
In his message, Suaybaguio reiterated that DAR-MinSAAD has extended the best way to capacitate the recipient organizations to be critically aware and meticulous in accepting the equipment that adheres to the specifications of the project.
“POs should manage the project well to generate more income and to buy additional units of corn shellers and other equipment to cater more farmers in their respective areas and adjacent barangays,” he further said.
Strengthening of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) is among the priorities of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
This, as Duterte recognized the role farmers on food security. Thus, the government, especially the DAR, will not only focus on emancipating them from the bondage of tenancy but also provide them with support programs and services.