SUPPORT FACILITY. Members of the Magdalena, Vilvar, Baladjay Farmers Association and officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Antique Province lauded the turnover of the stationary rice mill in Barangay Magdalena, San Remigio on Wednesday (Sept. 7, 2022). The rice mill is among the support facilities provided to the association for their rice and corn production. (Photo courtesy of DAR Antique)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – At least 254 farmers belonging to the Magdalena, Vilvar, Baladjay (MagViBa) Farmers Association in the Municipality of San Remigio are recipients of PHP1.08 million worth of support facilities under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

“The support facilities are composed of three units of stationary rice mill, one unit multi-purpose shredder, one unit trailer assembly, and other soft component,” said San Remigio Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Leo Salvador Duarte in an interview Wednesday.

The PHP100,000 stationary rice mill in Barangay Magdalena was turned over on Wednesday by DAR Antique provincial head Florentino Siladan.

The rest of the facilities, including the rice mills for Barangays Vilvar and Baladjay will be formally turned over by DAR Regional Director Shiella Enciso on September 9.

The association is composed of 254 farmers with 192 being agrarian reform beneficiaries.

"The support facilities are part of the farm mechanization to help the farmer-beneficiaries in their rice and corn production," Duarte said.

He said the beneficiaries have difficulty, especially during the rainy season, milling their farm products.

All the said barangays are separated by the Sibalom River and could not easily bring their produce to the San Remigio town proper for milling while mobile rice mills could not easily cross the river. (PNA)