Kalinga gets P10.8M projects from DAR

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Larry Lopez/PIA – CAR

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, May 3 (PIA) - The De­part­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) launched three projects with to­tal cost of P10.8 mil­lion to help up­lift the eco­nomic con­di­tion of farm­ers in the prov­ince.

Agustina Duyan of DAR-Kalinga said the projects are the Links Farm Pro­gram that em­pow­ers farm­ers be­come en­trepreneurs by pro­vid­ing them ac­cess to ser­vice providers. It has fund­ing of P3.6M and will be im­ple­mented un­til 2020. The farm­ers are linked to in­sti­tu­tions for train­ing, tech­nol­ogy, fi­nance and mar­ket­ing as­sis­tance.

De­vel­op­ing farm­ers be­come prod­uct pro­ces­sors opens op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to max­i­mize profit from their farm pro­duce in­stead of just sell­ing their raw farm prod­ucts to traders, Duyan said.

The Sugar Block Farm­ing Project cost­ing P6M will en­hance sugar pro­duc­tion which is be­com­ing a ma­jor in­dus­try among farm­ers here. This will equip sugar farm­ers with tech­nol­ogy on hy­brid sug­ar­cane pro­duc­tion through es­tab­lish­ment of nurs­eries right in sug­ar­cane farms.

The Part­ner­ship Against Hunger and Poverty project with cost of P1.2M aims to ad­dress prob­lems on mal­nu­tri­tion, hunger and poverty es­pe­cially among day­care chil­dren.

Duyan ex­plained that un­der the pro­gram, nutri­tion needs from the womb un­til day­care age of chil­dren are met through tie-ups with the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment and De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Other part­ners are the LGUs of Tanudan, Pasil and Pinukpuk.

The newly launched pro­grams are part of gov­ern­ment’s move to im­prove the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, which is seen as the ‘back­bone’ of the na­tional econ­omy.

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