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DAR XI set to distribute 8,500 hectares in 2010

by Manny Agapay

Davao City (6 May) -- Department of Agrarian Reform XI (DAR) has programmed a total of 8,500 hectares of land to be distributed for calendar year 2010 to a minimum of 2,830 landless farmer beneficiaries in the region.

This was bared by DAR XI Regional Director Datu Yusoph B. Mama who said that out of the 8,500 hectares, 685 will be from the City of Davao; 2,100 from Davao del Norte; 1,905 each from the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley Province.

According to Director Mama, an additional of 1,065 hectares which are considered the retention areas for the landowners, are also programmed to be placed under leasehold contracts to 535 farmer beneficiaries.

Since the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in 1988, DAR XI has already distributed 228,424 hectares to a total of 143,279 farmer beneficiaries, Director Mama revealed.

With the extension of CARP given by congress and the senate, CARP will continue its program for another five years with another task of distributing its workable balance of 45,766 hectares to an estimated 15,255 farmer beneficiaries. Out of this target, 8,500 is programmed to be distributed this year, Director Mama said.

For the past 22 years, the DAR XI management has achieved an average of 106% accomplishment in its yearly target. "In 2009, we have distributed 3,718 hectares out of 3,587 target for a 104% accomplishment," Director Mama stated.

Much has been done and achieved in the Department but still big tasks ahead require more effort to make the vision of the program successful, Director Mama said.

"Our work does not simply rely on land distribution and installation of farmers to make it successful but it also needs sustained and responsive delivery of support services," he said.

"It is important that we enhance the quality of life of the farmers and be responsive to their basic needs like the provision of rural infrastructure, foreign-funded projects, credit facilities, market extension, organizational strengthening, capacity building and technology transfer," he added. (DAR XI) [top]

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