A group of indigenous peoples (IP) in Barangay Sarong, Bataraza receives farm inputs to sustain their livelihood in rice farming through the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation. (Photo courtesy of Ramona Adjed/RTNMC)

Farm inputs have been distributed to indigent association of farmers in Sitio Camboranga, Barangay Sarong in Bataraza to sustain the community livelihood in rice plantation.

Ramona Adjed, community organizer, said that farm inputs such as fertilizers, unhusked rice or palay seeds will help the newly established community association, Sitio Camboranga Indigenous People Farmers Association to augment income.

“Dati kasi sarili lang nila, wala silang kakayahan na bumili na yong gusto nilang abono, talagang tipid din sila. Ngayon, natuwa sila dahil meron na tayong binigay na assistance sa kanila, dati hindi ‘yan asosasyon, indibidwal lang kaya parang ‘yong policy nila ay hindi malinaw,” she said.

The support for farmers was allotted from the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) with the amount of P108,000.

The turn-over was conducted on July 4 after the association was established on June 11 with the help of RTNMC.

The association of indigent farmers has a current number of 18 members and they have agreed to policies they have developed for the benefit of the members and sustainability of the association.

“Sana gagamitin nila ng tama para matuloy-tuloy ang kanilang livelihood kasi kapag nag-succeed na, kahit wala na ang company ay matuloy-tuloy ang kanilang kabuhayan,” she said.

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