Tandag City -- A total of 238 farmers are expecting a more secure farming experience after the Department of Agrarian Reform-Surigao del Sur distributed 377 hectares of agricultural land in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur last March 7, 2019.
Nestor Lureman, 47 years old from Carpenito Tagbina, Surigao del Sur was one of the farmer-recipients. “I was working in this land assisting my parents who were tenants since I was 13 years old”, said Lumeran.
“Now I will work as the owner”, he added. Lumeran received 3 hectares.
Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Karlo S. Bello of the Field Operations Office encouraged the beneficiaries to make the land productive.
Undersecretary Atty. Emily O. Padilla of the Support Services Office led the distribution of Certificate of Turnover of the 2.9 million farm equipment to 12 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) in the province.
The farm machineries handed include 1 unit 35HP Tractor, 7 units Hand tractor (kuliglig/with steel trailer and implements), 4 units’ grass cutter, 4 units Rice reaper, 1 unit water pump with complete accessories, 1 unit cultivator/tiller (gasoline engine 8HP with implements/ accessories) and 1 unit corn sheller and husker.
These equipment were given to 12 ARBOs namely: Kilusang Pagbabago Lingig Farmers Assoc., San Isidro Palay Assoc., Limot Banacod Patong Irrigators Assoc., Bayabas ARBs Assoc., Esperanza Farmers Marketing Coop., Bunga Samahang Nayon Multi-purpose Cooperative, Barangay San Jose Water Users Assoc., Pocto Coconut Farmers Association, Binati Lateral-H Irrigators Assoc., Tigao Farmers Development Coop., Maticdum Farmers Multipurpose Coop., San Roque Producers Coop., and San Isidro Labrador Palay Assoc.
Undersecretary Padilla assured the farmers that DAR, under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte will continue to consider the welfare of the farmers. “We will implement projects that will you improve farming and increase your income”, she said addressing the farmers.
DAR Caraga Regional Director Leomides Villareal thanked the presence of Governor Manuel Alameda and Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel and heads of the partner agencies.
More than 1,000 farmer beneficiaries provincewide participated the event. (With report from Myra Yu)
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