For­mer Ne­gros sacadas are now hum­ble ha­cen­deros

Agriculture - - News - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

THESE FOR­MER SACADAS in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal have be­come ha­cen­deros – at least that is what they call them­selves to­day.

This de­vel­op­ment came about af­ter the present gen­er­a­tion of the de­scen­dants of the for­mer sacadas in Purok Kalu­bi­han, Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, bonded to­gether and formed the Ha­cien­deros Agrar­ian Re­form Co­op­er­a­tive or HARC.

Now you know why they are now called the “ha­cen­deros” in Barangay Tabunan. BEN­E­FI­CIA­RIES. The 156 mem­bers of HARC, com­ing from 60 fam­ily-ben­e­fi­cia­ries, are now till­ing some 65 hectares of pro­duc­tive land they got from the agrar­ian re­form pro­gram of the gov­ern­ment.

Aside from plant­ing sug­ar­cane, the mem­bers of HARC are also cul­ti­vat­ing rice, banana, dif­fer­ent veg­eta­bles, fruits, and other crops, in ad­di­tion to the clumps of bam­boo that are found around their area.

The group is presently headed by chair­man Noel L. Ber­samin, and sup­ported by trea­surer An­abel A. Ma­teo and book­keeper Ma­ri­etta P. Ado­rio, among other of­fi­cers. OR­GANIC FARM­ING. Since the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal ad­vo­cates or­ganic farm­ing, the group has al­ready de­voted some seven hectares of land for cul­ti­vat­ing or­ganic sug­ar­cane and other or­ganic crops.

They have also tried pro­duc­ing mus­co­v­ado sugar. How­ever, this ven­ture was ap­par­ently dis­con­tin­ued due to lo­gis­tics prob­lems and prob­a­bly alack of tech­ni­cal know-how.

But their en­thu­si­asm was rekin­dled af­ter the Eco­log­i­cal and Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (Eco-Agri), a non-stock, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, in­tro­duced life-chang­ing tech­nolo­gies to the of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the co­op­er­a­tive. This came about af­ter they had an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing with Ba­colod Ci­ty­based RU Foundry and Ma­chine Shop Cor­po­ra­tion (RUFMSC) head Ra­mon D. Uy Sr.

In­ci­den­tally, Eco-Agri is a vi­tal arm of RUFMSC in pro­mot­ing or­ganic farm­ing and good agri­cul­tural prac­tices in the re­gion. DE­VEL­OP­MENT EF­FORTS. Dur­ing a re­cent visit of Uy Sr. to the farm of HARC in the barangay of Bago City, he shared his in­valu­able ad­vice with the of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the coop in terms of pro­duc­ing mus­co­v­ado sugar at a sus­tain­able level.

The present gen­er­a­tion of these de­scen­dants of the for­mer sacadas in Purok Kalu­bi­han bonded to­gether and formed the Ha­cen­deros Agrar­ian Re­form Co­op­er­a­tive.

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