PAGADIAN CITY: The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) distributed farm animals and livestock to farmers’ and women’s organizations in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.
Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Atty. Judith Patriarca-Mantos said the distribution held recently was made possible through the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn-Agrarian Reform Areas (PAMANA-ARA) of DAR and OPAPP.
Mantos said the beneficiaries are the Strong Farmers Association and the Samonte Rural Improvement Club based in Barangay Samonte, Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Mantos said the Strong Farmers Association received eight carabaos aged two to three years old while the Samonte Rural Improvement Club received 14 large white piglets.
Mantos said PAMANA-ARA also provided materials for the piggery that was constructed as well as the feeds and biologics for the piglets.
She said the carabaos would be given to the members of the Strong Farmers Association who do not have working animals.
She said the first calf of the water buffalo shall be owned by the recipient-farmers while the mother shall again be loaned out to other farmers who have yet to acquire a working animal, and so on.
“This cycle would continue until all of the members of the organization shall have their own working animals,” she said.
Meanwhile, she said that all members of the Samonte Rural Improvement Club shall take part in taking care of the piglets.
She added that the two projects are aimed to increase the income of the beneficiaries. PNA