Miner focuses livelihood programs on building Surigao’s agriculture potentials
Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) said it has built its livelihood programs around the vast potentials of Surigao Del Sur’s agricultural lands, aqua-marine resources, and forestland.
To be exact, one of MMDC’s agricultural development programs is the sustained support for rice, corn and vegetable growers, mainly to strengthen their access to food while at the same time provide them with stable income.
The company said that last year, a total of 315 farmers from Brgy. Bacolod, Carrascal, received seedlings, fertilizers, and other farm inputs amounting P1.2 million under the livelihood component of its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).
To improve yield and offset harvesting cost, the rice farming communities of Cabas-an and Parang in Cantilan received a unit of combine harvester and rotavator, respectively.
Amounting to P1.9 million, the recipient-farmers said the rotavator would make soil preparation faster, while the combine harvester would make the harvesting process easier by combining six operations such as gathering, transporting, reaping, threshing, cleaning and bagging into one machine.
To help communities increase their control of their natural resources, MMDC said it has also assisted local growers establish their own abaca, falcata, coconut, cacao plantations.
The growers, who are from six villages in Cantilan and Carrascal, were also provided training to increase their skills, knowledge and resources in managing the lands they till.
In 2017, MMDC spent P2.1 million as initial seed capital intended for the trainings and other social preparation activities so that recipient-growers can better manage their business.