By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The provision of about P3.3-million worth of farm machinery and equipment in Aklan province is seen to equip and improve the capability of farmers to adapt to climate emergency impacts.
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Sheila Enciso led last week the ceremonial turnover of the farm machinery and equipment to nine agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) and eight ARBOs in the province’s first district and second district, respectively.
Enciso said the farm machinery were provided under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP) and Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets and Microfinance (LinKSFaMM), being implemented by DAR under its Support Services Office
Both projects aim to boost farmers’ household income by modernizing their farming practices through the provision of new farming equipment that will make smallholder-farmers increase their agricultural productivity, she explained.
Through the CRFPSP, DAR turned over five units of delivery/cargo tricycles, one unit rice cutter harvester, six units collapsible dryers, two units portable sack sewing machines, one unit vacuum sealer, one unit four-wheeled HP Tractor with mounted rotary tiller and one-tonner trailer, one unit motorized grass cutter, two units power sprayers, and five units knapsack sprayers.
DAR said the project ensures that agrarian reform beneficiaries 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.
Through the LinKSFaMM, one-unit Foton mini-cargo pick-up truck was turned over to the Kalipunan ng Maliliit na Magniniyog ng Napaan Multi-Purpose Cooperative located in Brgy. Napaan, Malay, Aklan.