By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership of East West Seed Company (EWSC) continue supporting the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in an effort to increase their farm and food production, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) regional spokesperson Joie I. Ceballos told The Manila Bulletin on Monday.
Ceballos said the USDA funded-projects include training ARBs on communal vegetable farming.
Twenty-five ARB members of Doña Rosario CLOA Holders Vegetable Producers Association (DRCHVPA) in Agusan del Norte have undergone an eight-month training on communal vegetable farming implemented by Winrock International in Caraga under the Philippine Cold Chain Project funded by USDA.
DAR 13 is also assisting the farmer-ARBs through coop strengthening program and entrepreneurial skills and other support services to maximize the utilization of the awarded lands, Ceballos said.
Recently, DRCHVPA conducted a Harvest Festival and Techno Expo product display at Barangay Doña Rosario, in Tubay town, Agusan del Norte to showcase their vegetable produce, Ceballos said.
“Their training really helped them a lot by increasing their farm produce,” he added.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega said the activity was a good opportunity to showcase their vegetable produce through product display to improve farmers’ confidence and thereby improve their productivity by way of sharing their new ideas and technologies.