DAR helps LGUs  buy rice  from local farmers for relief packs

May 5, 2020 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

URDANETA CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) in Pangasinan supports its beneficiaries in the present crisis
by helping market their produce to the local government  units (LGUs)
who use the rice products for the relief packs distritbuted to
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Maria Ana B. Francisco
said her office has been in constant contact with the Agrarian Reform
Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) to be informed on their activities
and be given immediate actions when they need support and assistance.
“In several towns, collective marketing under the LINKSFARMM project
were  done wherein their produce were bought by the LGUs  which in
turn were  given as an additional relief in the foodspacks distributed
and this was a big help to the farmers,” Francisco told the Philippine
Information Agency.

LINKSFARMM is a DAR project which means Linking Small Farmers to
Market and Microfinance. Officers and members of the Bayanihan Hundred
Islands Agrarian Reform Cooperative (BHIARC)  in Alaminos City and
the  Rang-ay Upland integrated Farmers Association Inc. in Dacap
Norte, Bani town were the first to avail of the DAR intervention.
Other farm produce of vegetables and fruits  such as eggplants,
string beans, corn red pepper, pechay, kamote tops, peanut, mongo,
ampalaya and water melon of the farmers have also been disposed
thereby  giving assurance to the farmers that they will paid and their
effort in the field will not be in vain, Francisco said.
In spite of the struggling ARBOs in Pangasinan, who themselves are
also affected by this pandemic, Francisco revealed,  that in their own
little way , they were able to gave assistance to their members by
distributing relief goods no matter how simple and small  they were.
“The ARBOs also gave  assistance to the front liners in their
respective places by providing  them relief goods and simple snacks to
show their appreciation and deep concern to these individuals risking
their lives amidst the  crisis,” Francisco added.
The Lambayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Mapandan town, for instance,
has distributed five kilograms of rice to each of its 621 members. The
other 58 members who were far away will be given the equivalent amount
of five kgs rice through their savings account or share capital. (VHS)

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