February 6, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Agrarian Reform turned over P3.6 million worth of farm equipment to beneficiaries in the province.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Adela S. Damaso said the grant is under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Program (CRFPSP) to assist farmers in dealing with the adverse effects of climate change and rice importation.

The assistance given to five Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBO) consisted of three tractors, three hand tractor engines, one mini-rice mill, one mini-garden tiller, one corn hammer mill, one shredder, and two grass cutters.

The farm mechanization assistance is a follow-up component to help agrarian reform beneficiaries increase their production from the lands that were provided them.

There are at least 10,000 DAR beneficiaries in the province.

Damaso asked the ARBOs to consider the equipment as work assets.

“As an organization you are allowed to collect minimum rental fees from your members for the maintenance of these equipment and possibly generate some fund for other needs,” she said.

She also cited the good practice of other recipient ARBOs who were able to acquire new farm machineries from the use of the equipment provided them. – Larry Lopez