By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
To equip and capacitate farmers in Bicol Region so that they could adapt to the impact of climate change, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) released P12.6-million worth of farm tractors to six organizations of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) in Albay province.
DAR Regional Director Arnel Dizon said the farm equipment included six four-wheeler 90-horsepower farm tractors with complete land cultivation implements, such as a mounted disc plow, a trailing harrow and a three-toner trailer.
The distribution was conducted under the agency’s Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP), a DAR program that implements the provision of farm machines aimed to improve farm productivity and the earning capabilities of ARBs in a sustainable manner through their organizations.
DAR is not only giving common service facilities like mechanized farming equipment but also introducing new farm technologies to ARBs to develop their farm cooperatives and ultimately increase their farm yield, Dizon said.
He pointed out that DAR gives farm machines as an “equipment grant,” which will be operated by the farmers’ organizations as business assets where user fees will be collected and utilized for the operation and maintenance of said equipment.
Through CRFPSP, DAR ensures that ARBs are provided with assistance to sustain their agricultural productivity being the primary means of livelihood in agrarian communities as an adaptation towards resiliency and effects of climate change.
The project is being implemented in agrarian reform communities and other areas identified as vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Among the recipients of the equipment were the Southern Legazpi Upland Barangays LinksFarm Farmers Association, Inc. based in Legazpi City; Sa Agrarian Reform Iriba Gabos Sa Kauswagan in Daraga; Marasawag Composite Farmers Association and Quibongbongan Community Development Cooperative in Guinobatan; and Gamot Luya Dalogo Farmers Association and Kinuartelan Development Farmers’ Association in Polangui town.