AGRI-AID.  Charish Paña (left photo), provincial agrarian reform program officer, shows a container of hammered corn from a 3-in-1 hammer mill donated by the Department of Agrarian Reform to corn farmers in North Cotabato. Before the turnover program on Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2022), Paña demonstrated how the machine works. (Photo courtesy of DAR North Cotabato)

COTABATO CITY – Corn farmers in the North Cotabato town of Carmen received Tuesday post-harvest facilities from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the Climate-Resilient Farm Productivity Support Program (CRFPSP) - Sustainable Livelihood Support Program.
Charish Paña, the provincial agrarian reform program officer, said the equipment consisted of a combined 3-in-1 hammer mill, four units of collapsible dryers, and a package of capacity development training given to the Malapag Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) Farmers Association (FA).

“The assistance has a combined amount of PHP450,000,” she said.

During the turnover program, Paña said the project was awarded to the Malapag ARB FA to strengthen the production of staple food commodities in support of the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to increase the production of corn and rice in the country to stabilize food prices.

Aside from the facilities, she said, the DAR would also continue to equip and capacitate the farmers and their organizations on financial matters.

Meanwhile, Leonilio Romano, the corn farmer association leader, expressed his gratitude to the DAR for the continuous support services provided to them.

"We would like to thank DAR for continuously strengthening our association by providing interventions like this CRFPSP project, where we can address the needs of our members and generate additional income," Romano said.

He said the combined 3-in-1 hammer mill would enable them to produce and sell hammered corn, cracked corn, corn bran, milled rice, and rice bran as add-ons to their agri-supply store. (PNA)