55 agrarian beneficiaries get farm equipment from DAR-Sorsogon

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office in Sorsogon distributed farm equipment amounting to P900,000.00 to 55 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Magallanes to boost rice production in the area.

According to Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Nida Santiago, the initiative is part of the major crop-based block farm productivity enhancement project (MCBFPEP) under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) Project of the DAR.

She said that the 55 farmer-members of Anibong Farmers Association (AFA) were very ecstatic upon receiving the one unit mobile mill and one unit rice transplanter worth P900,000.00, during the culminating activity and turn-over of the MCBFPEP project held in barangay evacuation center in Magallanes, Sorsogon.

“The cluster participated in the series of training initiated by the DAR Sorsogon provincial office in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Magallanes where the ARBs were trained on the Palay Check System, a dynamic rice crop management that presents the best key technology and management practices as key checks,” Santiago said.

She noted that the ARBs learned among others, the determination of seed quality, land preparation, crop establishment, nutrient management, pest management, water management, and harvest management.

“The Palay Check is a guide and system in the management of rice farming. It adopts sound technology in achieving key checks, a range of factors in rice growing and a production system that are interdependent and interrelated with the rice grain quality and on the sustainability of the environment,” she said.

Santiago disclosed that the Agri-Extension Support is a component of the MCBFPEP on rice production to achieve mechanization and provide capacity-building intervention devised to support efficiency and sustained profitability of farmlands.

“The project also seeks to create an agreement among rice farmers to incur lower costs, to increase production and become more efficient in their production and marketing activities,” she added.

Sta. Elena Cluster President Elpidio O. Ramos thanked the DAR team for providing them with the opportunity to replace the maintenance equipment and vowed that these will be taken care of and utilized to the fullest by the AFA.

“The cluster will utilize the farm machinery and equipment in the rice production to benefit a total area of 32.3300 hectares located in Sta. Elena,” Ramos said.