Former Negros sacadas are now humble hacenderos
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.