How to Turn an Idle Farm into a Money-Generating Livelihood

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dario Otaza, a 43 year old farmer from a remote river barangay of Loreto Town in Agusan del Sur, a province of Mindanao, was able to improve the economy of his area after successfully developed his idle farm into a tree plantation with the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Otaza, started from the bottom, now enjoys the fruits of his labor, and is now being looked up as a model in his community. More than 5,000 households in the area share the fruits of Otaza's hardwork.
Called "model tree farm" by the local officials, it now serves as an example to all other barangays to convert idle land to cultivate agricultural trees for profit.
Otaza started converting his 339 hectares ancestral land into a private tree farm plantation of falcatta and other agricultural crops. He also planted coffee and rubber trees as alternate crops to further improve his income. He then expanded his tree farm by tapping another 60 hectares of an adjoining idle ancestral land and planted it with abaca. Now this does not only benefited Otaza but the households in his community as well as local jobs were generated in his plantation.
Such endeavors can never really exist and prosper without the help of the local government unit and the DENR. This again proves that if we think of solutions for the problems that bug us, and do something about it, add the help of people who share the sentiment, no problem remains unsolved.


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