A FARMER association in an Agrarian Reform Community in Zarraga, Iloilo received a rice transplanter worth at least Php1.5 million from the Climate Resiliency Farm Productivity Support Project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Implemented through the DAR’s support services program component, the CRFPSP aims to improve farm productivity and increase the net income of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in a sustainable manner through their organizations.
During the turnover ceremony, Zarraga Mayor John H. Tarrosa urged members of the Inagdangan Centro Farmers Association to take good care of the said equipment through proper maintenance.
He also advised them to come up with an operational manual to guide them on how to properly utilize the rice transplanter so they can maximize its benefit and sustain their rice block farming to create impact in their lives.
“The rice transplanter is just one of the many support services that are being provided to the farmers and their associations and/or cooperatives for them to enhance their farm productivity thereby increasing their household income,” said Lucrecia S. Taberna, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II of DAR-Iloilo in a press report.
Taberna said DAR is extending efforts to reach out to more small farmer associations/cooperatives to facilitate access to the various interventions which they may avail to help them attain a better quality of life.
She further said that sustainability is very important in order to create impact and to avoid waste of government’s resources.
Farmers should organize themselves into a cooperative and not just to remain as a mere association and to further increase their membership so they can have better access to a wide range of government’s intervention and even from other funding institutions, said Taberna. (PIA)