February 23, 2011
THE regional office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Davao Region distributed a total of 6,290 hectares of land to 5,727 farmer beneficiaries last year, exceeding its annual target by 14 percent.
DAR-Davao Director Datu Yusoph B. Mama on Tuesday reported land distribution in the region last year was broken down as followed: 1,786 hectares in Davao Norte; 1,539 hectares in Compostela Valley Province; 1,430 hectares in Davao Sur; 1,285 hectares in Davao Oriental; and 250 hectares in Davao City.
Since the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) in 1988, DAR-Davao had already distributed around 235,529 hectares of agricultural lands to about 164,000 farmer beneficiaries, Mama said.
“With the sheer determination of our DAR workforce and full support of concerned government and non-government agencies and organization, from the regional up to the provincial and municipal field offices, we are confident that DAR 11 can finish its land distribution target on or before the end of Carper (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms) in 2014,” he said.
This year, DAR is committed to distribute 7,354 hectares of land, implement the corresponding support services interventions and resolve long delayed agrarian related cases to hasten rural development and promote lasting peace in the countryside.