The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is now fast-tracking the completion of agri-support projects in Kalinga Province in an effort to boost economic activity in the countryside.
Agustina Duyan, DAR chief project officer, said over P63.3 million worth of infrastructure projects are currently under implementation, including the P30.3-million Bunog-Matoc communal irrigation project (CIP) in the municipality of Tinglayan, which is 48 percent accomplished.
Meanwhile, the P34-million concreting project of the Bugnay-Butbut farm-to-market road (FMR), with two bridge components, is scheduled for bidding.
The projects are funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISP-III) of DAR’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Duyan said the irrigation project, servicing a total area of 147 hectares, will benefit the sub-tribes of Bangad, Dananao, Sumadel, Butbut and Tongrayan while the Bugnay-Butbut farm-to-market road and two small bridges will benefit Barangay Bugnay and its adjacent communities.
“The department also trained irrigators to capacitate them in making the communal irrigation system an income-generating project through payment of irrigation fees for maintenance and a job-creation project by hiring of collectors and laborers doing maintenance work,” she said.
Duyan also said that the DAR provided training to farmers on organic farming, including the production of foliar fertilizer and pesticides. Separate demonstration farms on both products are also maintained in Ambato and Dananao.