By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—A P10.2-million project by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is underway for sugarcane farmers in Panay Island.
“This is to help alleviate the poverty incidence among our sugarcane farmers,” said Gideon Umadhay Jr., DAR regional director for Western Visayas.
Umaday told the Manila Bulletin the Sugarcane Block Farm (SBF) is meant to increase income of sugarcane farmers while promoting sustainable development.
The project is expected to benefit 1,655 sugarcane farmers who were given free government land in nine towns of Antique, Capiz and Iloilo provinces.
The project kicked off September 25 with an orientation and signing of agreement with Ateneo de Davao University’s (ADDU) Institute for Socio-Economic Development Initiatives (ISEDI).
The two-year project covers nine Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) with a total land area of 535.30 hectares.
Umadhay explained that ADDU-ISEDI will provide technical assistance that includes the creation of demo farms, teaching new technological practices, facilitating sugarcane farmers to national government agencies, and linking sugarcane farmers to financial institutions.
DAR’s SBF project is also backed by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
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