Six agrarian reform beneficiary organizations in Southern Leyte have received various farm machines worth P1.7 million from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). These organizations are the Otama Salvacion Irrigators Association, Magkasag Farmers and Fisherfolks Association, Carnaga Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Liloan Farmers Cooperative, Magapso Irrigators Association, and the Makugihon Coco Farmers Association.
DAR Secretary John Castriciones said that most members of the six organizations own the land they till as agrarian reform beneficiaries.
“Awarding them lands is just the first step towards more support from the government. No matter what circumstances we face, pandemic or no pandemic, we will follow the President’s national goal of improving the economic lives of farmers by pouring various support services to farm communities,” the agrarian secretary said.
The turnover and blessing ceremonies were held in barangay Bangcas-A Gymnasium in Hinunangan. The farm machines and implements will service more than 1,000 farmers.
Organization members were also given familiarization and maintenance training on farm machinery and equipment to equip them with new farming techniques and tools.
The farm machines and implements included a mobile rice mill, multicabs, hand tractors, water pumps, mechanical chippers, sprayers and animal feeds. (Ronald Reyes)
(Photo by: dar.gov.ph)