DA, SRA, DAR launched “Sugarcane Block Farm” Project in Batangas

The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) launched  last January  20, 2012 the “sugarcane block farm” project  in the Don Pedro MDDFI Compound in Tuy, Batangas.

The  project is a component of the DA-SRA sugarcane  industry roadmap to encourage small sugarcane farmers to form themselves into groups or cooperatives, consolidate their farms into a size of 30-50 hectares and adopt ‘economies of scale’ to make their farm operations — land preparation, planting, fertilization and harvesting — more cost-efficient and became more productive and profitable.

The block farm project of the DA-SRA and DAR – in partnership with sugarcane farmers,  mill district development committees, sugar mills, LGUs and other sugar industry stakeholders – will be also implemented in other sugarcane areas in the country.

The project launch includes a forging of a memorandum of agreement  between Secretary Procy Alcala, DAR Secretary  Gil de los Reyes, and SRA Administrator Gina Bautista-Martin.