TUGUEGARAO CITY: The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has launched the construction of a P4.6-million worth post harvest facility in Isabela.
DAR officials said the newly launched infrastructure sub-project in San Agustin town is to aid Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB), many of whom are typhoon victims.
Isabela Provincial Agrarian Reform officer Alfredo Lorenzo Jr. said the project consists of a warehouse and a solar-dryer which is intended for rice and corn trading of farmers cooperative in the municipality.
”Launching the new support services answers hope and continuity of agricultural production for the [beneficiaries]of San Agustin after the typhoon,” Lorenzo said.
Mayor Virgilio Padilla said Typhoon Labuyo left San Agustin one of the hardest-hit municipalities in the region.
”Eighty percent of our corn plantations are damaged and all banana trees felled by strong winds. Nevertheless, our rice crops were not that affected,” he said.
Padilla said San Agustin is a fourth class municipality which is internal revenue allotment (IRA) dependent and that the intervention of DAR in the improvement of infrastructure facilities gives the town a chance to cope with calamities.
With the approved cost of the project, P2.8 million will be shouldered by the local government of San Agustin.