By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
To boost the farmers’ livelihood, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over P19.350 million worth of support services projects for implementation in the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for this year along with P5 million worth of farm machineries to agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Kalinga province.
A tractor worth P2.349 million was handed over to Danggayan ti Manalon ti Pinococ and to the Bago Farmers’ Association, ARBOs that are based in Pinukpuk, Kalinga. Another tractor that costs P1.144 million was given to the Macutay-Sadiri Credit Cooperative.
The tractors were funded from the Climate Resiliency Farm Productivity Support Project.
Members of the Kajchilan Multipurpose Cooperative in Balbalan, Kalinga, also received common service facilities that include mechanical dryer, coffee pulper, and sets of coffee grinders.
At least three mechanical dryers, seven coffee pulpers and two sets of coffee grinders were distributed in the province with a total cost of P1 million.
Simultaneously launched during the distribution of farm implements were the support services for CAR.
The Linksfarm project costing P1.2 million each will also be implemented in seven sites in the region: two in Kalinga; one in Apayao; one in Ifugao; one in Benguet; and two in Mountain Province.
Another project, the sugar block farming costing P800,000 each will also be implemented in three sites in Kalinga and one in Abra.
The third project that was launched, the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty, with a budget of P450,000 each will also be implemented in 22 sites in the region. The sites will include four areas in Benguet, two in Ifugao, seven in Kalinga, and two in Mountain Province.