The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led by PARO Alexander T. Teves recently signed a memorandum of agreement with a conduit Peoples’ Organization (PO), the CASAMA Farmer Irrigators’ Association, Inc. (CFISA) based in San Miguel, Panganiban town.
Agustin Vicente Jr., CFISA Chairperson, signed the MOA with PARO Teves in a simple ceremony Oct. 10 witnessed by other officials and employees of the Department, specifically those from Beneficiaries Development and Coordinating Division (BDCD) led by its chief, CARPO Nelia V. Tadoy.
The activity signaled the full blown implementation of the flagship project of the province under Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) where Panganiban qualified as its pilot area for Improved Rice Production with provisions of farm mechanization in barangay San Miguel. The latter is one among the DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) in Catanduanes where its dominant land use is either devoted to coconut or rice land. In a DAR survey, about 591.23 hectares are currently used up for riceland farming in San Miguel ARC where majority of its CFISA benefactors are actually engaged.
In the project, DAR will shoulder the provision of common service facilities to CFISA, and these include mechanical transplanter, four-wheeled tractor, jeep type thresher, seed tray, seed nursery and conveyor. They were pipelined on top of other support services that maybe needed in the course of project implementation such as warehouse and trucking facilities.
“These range of assistance,” PARO Teves, said, “ will surely help improve the economic standing of our ARB’s in the area which may usher agri-enterprise and increased income.” On his part, CFISA Chairman Vicente thanked the DAR for this initiative and vowed all time support to achieve maximum returns of the project..
Aside from equipment and machineries, CARPO Nel Tadoy revealed that professional services in the form of training, agricultural extension, and business development through an out-sourced Community –Based Enterprise Organizer (CBEO) who will be hired for the project, form part of the package. Meanwhile, a 15% equity from CFISA as conduit PO for the project either in cash or in kind shall be required, as PARO Teves bared during the MOA signing.
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