Eight organizations of agrarian reform beneficiaries in the province received P7.25 million worth of farm implements from the Department of Agrarian Reform Negros Occidental 1 in rites held at its provincial office on November 8.
Teresita Mabunay, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program officer II, said the distribution of the equipment was part of the agency’s Climate-Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project that is geared towards building resiliency for agrarian reform communities with emphasis on enhancing and sustaining the agricultural productivity of the organizations as adaptation measures towards farming mechanization.
With the farm equipment, she hopes the ARBs will increase their farm production and income, and transform their lives.
“May this improve the status of their families and help them send their children to school,” she added.
During the turnover rites, the agency distributed 51 farm implements - five rice weeders, five hand tractors, eight floating tillers, three water pumps, six rice reapers, six rice threshers, 10 collapsible dryers, five mobile rice mills, and three shredders - to the farmer beneficiaries.
The recipients were Guin-olayan Agrarian Reform Cooperative, Barangay San Pablo Farmers Association, Hacienda Mercy Farmworkers Association, Chamberry Farm Workers Association, Aluyan Small Farmers Association, Sitio Tagud Farmworkers Association, Barangay Celestino Villacin Farmers Association, and Barangay Quezon Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association.
Meanwhile, aside from the turnover of equipment, there was also an orientation and training on operations and maintenance of the common service facilities, presentation of the machines, discussion and signing of the trust agreement.*
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