Agrarian reform beneficiaries in a remote village of Lake Sebu have better chances at earning more from abaca farming after the Department of Agrarian Reform turned over to their organization some P3.1 million in facilities and equipment.
According to the DAR South Cotabato Provincial Office, the assistance was given to the Proper Ned Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Cooperative on September 23.
The support included storage building, warehouse and greenhouse dryer as well as stripping machines, baling machine, back strap looms, heavy duty weighing scales, and moisture testers, intended to improve the ARBs’ production, processing and marketing of abaca.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II H. Roldan Ali said the aid was implemented under the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project.
“This is a momentous event as this is the first project under MinSAAD that was turned over by DAR South Cotabato as well as the first turn over activity attended by the new project manager Eduardo Suaybaguio who assumed his new post just this September,” Ali said.
Speaking in behalf of the beneficiaries, Ned Barangay chairman Jerry Nobleta said their community is thankful to DAR and the project for choosing them as beneficiaries of the project.
“This will bring more development in Ned that will surely help alleviate poverty while providing jobs and a higher income to the beneficiaries,” Nobleta said.
Meanwhile, Project Manager Suaybaguio commended DAR South Cotabato for the successful implementation of the project and expressed hope that more project turn over ceremonies will be held in the future.
The MinSAAD is a joint project of the Philippine Government through DAR and the Japan International Coordination Authority.
The project focuses on agricultural development and support services such as irrigation, rural roads and bridges, rural water supply, marketing and related aspects; effective governance and social protection and others that would support the objective of alleviating poverty in marginalized target areas.