ANAO, Tarlac — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provided P2-million in livelihood assistance to farmers affected by the Corona virus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The ARBold Move Project is a livelihood program launched by the DAR to help Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB).
They were also recognized for their vital role in keeping the country’s food security amid the pandemic.
“In today’s time, we’ve seen how everyone was affected by the health crisis. We need people who will plant so we can have food on our tables. Without the farmers, the whole country will not have food to eat,” DAR Secretary John Castriciones said.
“You are one of the true heroes of our country, the hope of our country,” he added, stating that farmers are also frontliners in the fight against Covid-19.
The agency distributed personal protective equipment to Lawin Farmers Credit Cooperative of Moncada and San Manuel Tarlac Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
The second part of the project plans to provide Farm Productivity Assistance to ARB as DAR doled out P244,000 worth of fertilizers and vegetable seeds to Bacquero Sur Farmers Agriculture Cooperative, Lawin Farmers Credit Cooperative of Moncada, and Amia Cruz Agriculture Cooperative.
The last part of the project is aimed at providing livelihood support to the women ARB farmers. The agency awarded P30,000 worth of Rice Retailing Enterprise to Amia Cruz Agriculture Cooperative, Teresita de los Reyes and Marciana Custodio.
Aside from the ARBold Move Project, P2.7-million farm machineries including 35 horsepower tractors with complete farm implements to TG-58 Irrigators Service Association, and Samahan ng Magsasaka ng San Roque, Rizal, Poblacion, Inc. This is included in the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Program of DAR for Common Service Facilities.