Support services turned over to farmers in Compostela Valley
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Mindanao Sustainable Agriculture and Agrarian Development (MinSAAD) project have recently turned over P104-million worth of support services to some 1,884 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Karagan Valley Settlement.
DAR said in a statement that the infrastructure projects that were delivered included a 5.75-kilometer farm-to-market road, a Level II rural water system with 30 tap stands, and a communal irrigation in Barangay Andap, New Bataan and in Barangay Bahi, Maragusan.
The said road connects Purok Tagdalongdong to Barangay Pagdungawan and is expected to benefit 5,925 residents of Karagan Valley, while the water system and irrigation facility is set to serve around 300 households.
The DAR-MinSAAD also turned over to the Langgawisan-Bahi Tribal Association and the Kagan Tribal Unity some 550 hectares under the Agriculture, Agribusiness and Agroforestry Development (AAAD) project on corn and Arabica coffee.
DAR said these components aim to prepare the two agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations for transition from farmers to agribusiness entrepreneurs.