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Monday, March 15, 2021

AgNor coop gets multi-purpose building

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 15 -- The San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) assisted through the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) of Agusan del Norte is the latest recipient of newly constructed Multi-Purpose Building (MPB) worth P857-thousand to help abaca farming-sector in Agusan del Norte.

The MPB was implemented through the DAR’s Project COnVERGE (Convergence on Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment), under the provision of value-chain equipment and facilities.

SIUFMULCO is the lead group, with 23 participating ARBOs operating within the clustered municipalities of Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Santiago (TUJAKITSAN) agrarian reform communities.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Andre B. Atega said that the MPB will provide in various ways including marketing and agricultural services from the coop’s abaca value chain business enterprise.

Project ConVERGE Provincial Coordinator Annelyn R. Chan said that aside from MPB, several projects have had already distributed a package of support services intended for SIUFMULCO and its 23 participating ARBO members.

 “Under the project, the provision of value-chain equipment and facilities were also distributed which includes 17-stripping machines, 3-digital weighing scale, 1-truck scale, 1-hauling truck, and 2-shed houses since the program started from 2017,” Chan said.

She said the coop and its members are also the recipients of abaca suckers, organic fertilizer, nursery, stripping machines, abaca technology training, farm-to-market road, among others, distributed to the clustered areas as part of the project package of support services.

She noted that the interventions benefitted 5,819 abaca-farmers comprising 2,173 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and 3,646 Small-Holder Farmers (SHF).

SIUFMULCO General Manager Leonila Mila was delighted since taking advantage of the project interventions. She said the abaca business enterprise of SIUFMULCO has become profitable that resulted in the increase in the abaca farmers' income by 47% and a 35% increase in gross value of production. (DAR Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DAR AgNor inks partnership with LGU of Cabadbaran City

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 15 -- A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cabadbaran City for the launching of Farm Business School (FBS) and signing of Memorandum of Understanding for Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) were conducted in Brgy. Avancena, Cabadbaran City recently.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Andre B. Atega said the partnership is geared towards a common goal of providing sustainable livelihood and income opportunities to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBS) of Avancena Beneficiaries Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ABFMPC).

PARPO II Atega appreciated the pro-active support from the LGU of Cabadbaran City led by City Mayor Judy C. Amante.

Atega noted that ABFMPC is one of the successful DAR-assisted cooperatives in the province whose members are composed of 105 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs).

Mayor Judy Chin-Amante, in her message, recognized the DAR’s effort and in partnership with different stakeholders helping together to implement this intervention.

Mayor Amante vowed to support and help the group's undertakings to raise the living standard of the agrarian reform beneficiaries.

OIC-Chief Ellen J. Torralba, of PBDD said that the project is in partnership with the LGU of Cabadbaran City, Agricultural Trainings Institute (ATI), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Avancena Beneficiaries Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

She is hopeful that this project will be a successful one, making the ABFMPC a producer of fruits and vegetables in the city in addition to their rice trading.

Meantime, MARPO-Cabadbaran Joseph Torralba revealed that 70 percent of ABFMPC members were engaged in palay farming and 30 percent in upland farming.

He said that the FBS is a 25-session on-site training focused on capability building for good agricultural practices while the EPAHP assists in collective production and access greater value in the market chain aspect.

Sergio Baguhin, chairman of ABFMPC, has lauded the DAR-Agusan del Norte for the project that will significantly improve their production and income.

The ABFMPC is engaged in a milled rice business enterprise with marketing tie-ups with the city government of Cabadbaran for its social amelioration program. (DAR Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)