Albay farmers receive hauling trucks from DAR

Members and officers of the Masarawag Composite Farmers' Association (MACFA) in barangay Masarawag, Guinobatan, Albay inspected the new hauling truck provided by the Department of Agrarian Reform as added equipment under the LinkSFarM project. (Photo from DAR - Albay)

LEGAZPI CITY, Mar 24 (PIA) – Small-scale farmers in Albay will be unburdened from the high transportation cost of their products as the Department of Agrarian Reform – Albay turned over two Suzuki carry trucks amounting to P539,000.00 each.

“This is our ongoing efforts designed to help small farmers raise their income and enter a larger marketplace for their goods,” said DAR – Albay Chief for Support Services Herbert Tengco.

The beneficiaries of this transportation assistance are the Southern Legazpi Upland Barangays (SLUB) in barangay Banquerohan, Legazpi District, and Masarawag Composite Farmers' Association (MACFA) in barangay Masarawag, Guinobatan, Albay.

Tengco said the trucks are part of the support facilities for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) under the Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets (LinkSFarM) program of the DAR.

The project to purchase the truck is in response to the clamor of the ARBOs who were burdened with the high rate of transportation costs which according to them had taken quite a toll in their pockets every time they would hire a truck to deliver their products to other markets.

“We provided these trucks in response to the two organizations' cries for assistance in transporting their products to markets, which were burdened by high freight costs.” he added.

In turn, the ARBOs will also help their members raise income from these transportation services.

“The truck will be able to provide the ARBOs with facility in the delivery of the products of their members to other areas which will in turn help them increase their income,” Tengco said.

DAR Albay information officer Flora Maria Sera said that the basic goal of LinkSFarM is to assist smallholder farmers in improving agricultural productivity and effectively managing their agricultural output through the value chain process.

“DAR adopts an agro enterprise development approach for them to identify supply demands and access to the market chain,” she said.

The hauling trucks are part of the equipment and farm inputs given to agrarian reform beneficiaries under the LinksFarm Project, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture. (PIA5/Albay)

 

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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