SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 30 (PIA) - Starter kits of vegetable seeds and fertilizers were among those provided by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the Ilocos to their agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the region.
"We want to help our ARBs with 500 to 2,500 square meters of manageable tillable land to produce their food during this time through the farm productivity support as a component of the ARBold Move Project during this time of COVID-19 pandemic," Atty. Raul Laluan, provincial agrarian reform officer of DAR-La Union, said during the recent episode of Kapihan sa Ilocos of the Philippine Information Agency.
Meanwhile, 15 women from agrarian reform beneficiaries' organizations (ARBOs) were also identified as beneficiaries of the swine dispersal in the province of La Union, chosen among the hardest hit of this pandemic or the poorest of their ARBs.
They were provided with starter kits composed of two piglets and feeds amounting to Php 15,000.00 each.
"We want to make these projects sustainable for them and their families to help them not only during this time but beyond," Laluan said.
He added, "We encourage our farmer-beneficiaries to join ARBs for them to better access projects provided not only by DAR but by our partner government agencies as well like the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and industry, Department of Science and Technology, among others."
At present, there are 293 ARBOs in the region being assisted by DAR through support services.
Other components of the ARBold Move Project include marketing assistance where they link and help these ARBs to find buyers of their products and the provision of food and hygiene packs for their ARBs. (JCR/AMB/JDS/PIA La Union)