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ARBs, DAR ink agreement

Nine agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations and cooperatives recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Agriculture-South of Negros Occidental, Ronald Gareza, chief agrarian reform program officer, said yesterday.

The memorandum covers the projects implemented under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services, Gareza said.

The ARBOs are the Occidental Negros ARB Planters Association, Kauswagan Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Gen. Malvar ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

The Minoro-Isabel ARB Association, Inc., Hda. Cahilamonan-Triño Farm Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Hda. Siga-siga ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Hda. Celina-92 ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Nagasi ARB Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Hda. Esperanza Communal ARB Association, also joined the MOA.

Gareza said ARCCESS is one of the programs of DAR to help beneficiaries have sustainable income and improve their production.

He said DAR will teach and train them in farm management, marketing, financial management, and technology trainingto help them sustain their production at less cost.

ARCCESS offers common services and professional services to beneficiaries based on their needs and assessment, Gareza said.

The professional service grant covers trainings on access to credit, agricultural extension, and business development for the community-based enterprise organizer and the CSF provides farm equipment like tractors and other post harvest facilities, Gareza added. *LTG

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