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North Cotabato sugarcane farmers’ group receives hauling truck

A group of smallholder sugarcane farmers received a hauling truck worth Php800,000.00 from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to boost their farming activity and increase their income.

The Kabulacan Farmers Association of Matalam, North Cotabato received the hauling truck in consonance with the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III to increase the livelihood production of the farmers.

After the formal turnover of the farm machinery to the sugarcane farmers’ group, it is expected that the hauling demands of the 150 hectares of sugarcane plantation in Barangay Kabulacan will increase, aside from the hauling requirements of other neighboring barangays.

Jenier Capindo, President of the Kabulacan Farmers Association, vowed to make the farm machinery an income-generating asset of the organization.

“This truck would greatly help us in bringing our products to the milling plant on time and at a lower hauling fee,” she said.

Capindo added that the farm machinery would not only serve them but also the neighboring communities, especially during the harvest and milling season.

“We would like to assure the DAR that the assistance given to us will be taken care of and managed properly,” she said.

Aside from the hauling truck, the association was also provided with farm inputs for the demonstration farm and capability development training on climate change resiliency with a combined amount of Php64,000.00.

Evangeline Bueno, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II, said the project is provided through funding support from the Major Crop-based Block Farming Project under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Program (CRFPSP) of the DAR.

“The provision of the hauling truck as a common service facility is aimed to improve smallholder farmers’ farm productivity and income while making them and their organization resilient to the adverse effects of climate change,” she said.

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