Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in the Philippines

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is expanding its market linkage to further help the country’s agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) access more agribusiness opportunities so they can eventually break free from poverty.

“We’re increasingly connecting ARBs to potential markets,” said Gomer Tumbali, acting deputy national program director for operations of DAR’s ARB Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Development Program (AREDP).

He said DAR-AREDP has ongoing discussions with several private groups regarding the matter so the agency can negotiate the best agribusiness deals possible for more ARBs nationwide.

Such groups represent potential ready markets for the ARBs, he noted.

Latest available data show DAR facilitated during first semester of 2010 the signing of 646 marketing contracts between agribusiness firms and farmers’ organizations in agrarian reform and communities and other areas.

Such action generated negotiated sales of nearly PhP360 million, DAR reported.

DAR’s assistance to ARBs also helped create during the reference period almost 36,640 jobs in the country.

Product-market matching, assistance in preparing business plans, skills training and provision of funding are among DAR’s support for promoting ARBs’ livelihood.

DAR is bullish about enhancing its support for ARBs this year particularly as government earlier appropriated P1.25 billion for the agency’s Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) activities.

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