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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 12, 2018
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5 ARBOs get farm machineries


Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. led the turnover of P23 million worth of farm machineries to the five Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBO) of the Department of Agrarian Reform-North at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday.

The farm machineries distributed under the DARs Sugar Block Farm (SBF) and Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) projects will benefit the 200 farmers cultivating a total of 248 hectares of sugarcane and other agricultural crops.

The farm machineries include one Massey Ferguson farm tractor complete with implements, two 6-wheeler Man Diesel Pump Trucks and three 90-HP McCormick Farm with implements.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer 1 Mila Flores said the farm machineries are the first offering of the DAR for this year. “We have already awarded these kind of common service facilities to some 30 ARBOs of Northern Negros since the project began and we want to cover more in order for the farmers to increase their income”, she said.

Flores said the equipment are given as a grant and the organization can opt to lease it to increase their income.

She said the SBF seeks to improve productivity of sugarcane farms that are collectively managed by cooperatives. There are 19 ARBOs already enrolled in the program with 31 established high-yielding varieties nursery and techno-demo farms with 930 trained beneficiaries.

The turnover ceremony was capped with the signing of the Trust Agreement along with the DAR officials headed by regional director Stephen Leonidas and the representative of the five recipient ARBOs of Progreso Agrarian Reform Cooperative and Camielle-Rickon Farmworkers Association of Silay City, Don Esteban Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Escalante, Hagnaya Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Toboso and Caridad Farmers Association of Cadiz City.*


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