DAR to implement P56.6M anti-poverty programs in N. Cotabato

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to implement P56.6-million worth of projects in selected municipalities in North Cotabato to help alleviate poverty through value-chain analysis of key agricultural products of settlement areas.

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According to Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II (PARPO), the projects, implemented under the DAR-Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project, seeks to address poverty issues in the settlement areas through competitive and sustainable agriculture, using inclusive approaches and modalities in investments that are based on value chain analysis.

Value-chain analysis looks at every step a business goes through, from raw materials to the eventual end-user. The goal is to deliver maximum value for the least possible total cost.

“The DAR-MinSAAD project will focus on sustainable agricultural development, delivery of basic support services, effective governance and social protection, among others, to ease poverty in marginalized target areas in the municipalities of Alamada, Banisilan, Pigcawayan, and Tulunan,” Abella said.

Abella added that the local government units (LGUs) would play a key role in implementing the projects, which seek to enhance the agricultural productivity and increase the incomes of farmer-beneficiaries and other small-scale farmers.

“For instance, Banisilan LGU will implement [projects worth]P31 million for rubber production, P5 million for coffee production, P3.3 million for cacao production, and P 504, 350 for oil palm production. The scope of projects includes processing and marketing of the farm products,” he explained.

Alamada Town would implement P3.7 million worth of projects for coffee production and P7.7 million for rubber production; Pigcawayan, P 2.9 million for rubber production; and Tulunan, P2.5 million for rubber production as well.

“The DAR expects that these projects will help increase the household income of farmers and their organizations on a sustainable basis through more profitable income-generating activities,” Abella said.

To ensure the success and sustainability of these projects, Abella said, DAR-MinSAAD would deal with four areas of interventions, including provision of agriculture, agribusiness and agroforestry development support with farm-to-market roads and bridges, irrigation and common service facilities (CSF) as subcomponent; provision of rural water supply; institutional development support, and project management.

The DAR-MinSAAD project is a loan program from the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). James Konstantin Galvez

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