Project ConVERGE staff of Zamboanga del Sur inspects the delivered farm inputs for their rice farmers.

More than a thousand rice and rubber farmers have already received farm inputs, materials, and equipment from Project ConVERGE.

The efforts of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay for rubber farms and the Zamboanga del Sur for rice, have contributed to the said results so far for 2018.

“The project expedited the turnover for the first batch of provisions as promised. We are also ensuring that the momentum will be sustained for the rest of the year,” Department of Agrarian Reform 9 Regional Director Julita Ragandang said.

Zamboanga del Norte CARPO Alfonso Tan discusses the schedule of delivery and turnover to the officers of their agrarian reform beneficiary organizations.

Zamboanga del Norte rolled out the distribution of land preparation materials to 218 rubber farmers. These are chainsaws, diggers, and grass cutters, as well as harvesting and storage tools and equipment with the combined cost of more than a million. Seedlings, fertilizers, and other inputs totals to 6.5M.

Farmer-beneficiaries from Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay, are all smiles after receiving first batch of tools and equipment from Projet conVERGE.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay farmers already received 5.94M worth of seedlings; 3.6M worth of tools and materials comprised of augers, coagulating tubs and wheelbarrow, among others; and 1.3M worth of farm inputs. Some 866 rubber farmers covering 240 hectares has already been reached.

ARBs from Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, assembles their newly-delivered auger.

Zamboanga del Sur handed out farm inputs amounting to 13.53M to their rice farmers. All their agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) are also ready to utilize their collapsible dryer system for easier handling and storage of their commodity. The lead ARBO, Mahayag Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAFAMCO), has also received the combined harvester and thresher. A total of 446 farmers have benefitted from the provisions.

The first semester report of Project Convergence Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE) showed the procurement and distribution of various items as early April. According to the procurement schedule, more inputs and equipment are set to be delivered by the second half of 2018.