December 3, 2016

Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Service (ARCCESS)

A support service delivery mechanism of the DAR that was created to contribute to the overall goal of rural poverty reduction especially in agrarian reform areas.

 STRATEGIC INTERVENTION

  1. Provision of CSF/ farm equipment or machinery as grant to qualified ARB organization (ARBO)/Business units.
  2. Business Development Services (BDS) delivery through deployment of CBEOs to assist ARBOs/Business Units in CSFs effectively and profitably.

 ARCCESS APPROACHES

  1. Enabling ARBOs  in management of agri-enterprises (entry point : CSF/ farm equipment/ machinery as business asset)Consolidation of production areas, postharvest, processing
  2. Strategic partnership and engagement  in agri-enterprise  between private sector and the ARBOs (go for sustainable/long-term)
  3. Business incubation and  capacity development of the business units to enable them to achieve the level of expertise/confidence to assume the CBEO-assisted enterprises , including CSF.
  4. Adoption of  convergence approach for the delivery of other services

 ARCCESS SITES & COVERAGE

Coverage
ARAs  – ARCs and non-ARCs

  • ARBs
  • Small farm owners.
PRIORITY CROPS
  1. Rice
  2. Corn
  3. Cassava
  4. Sugarcane
  5. Coconut
 SITE SELECTION CRITERIA
  • ARAs with available development plans and project proposals  compatible or congruent to  ARCCESS
  • With available contiguous land area which  can be  developed for agribusiness cluster;
  • ARBOs  or ARBs/small farmers are willing to form into Business Units
  • With high market demand;
  • Almost “ready-to-go” sites with existing and operational facilities such as irrigation system, post-harvest facilities and easy access to farm areas;
  • More than 75% of the CARP covered lands have been distributed;With existing business partnership with private sector and/or   market; with potentials for expansion
  • ARBs and farmer-beneficiaries have previous training on production and post-production technology;
  • Planted to the same or compatible crops
  • Suitable to consolidation of agricultural activities   for economies of scale of particular crop;
  • At a future time, can be scaled up the value chain
  • Presence of complementary assistance with DA and private sectors;

QUALIFICATIONS & PRIORITIZATION CRITERIA

Eligible ARBOs
  1. Cooperatives
  2. Producers Associations
  3. Irrigators Associations
  4. Federation or Networks of POs
  5. Farmers  Associations

ARBO Qualifications

  1. Currently registered with either  CDA under RA 9520, SEC and BRW-DOLE
  2. Majority of active members are ARBs/small farmers (50% + 1 of the total members )
  3. Willing to be assisted and be organized into a  Business Unit

ELIGIBLE BUSINESS ACTIVITIES FOR EQUIPMENT/MACHINERY GRANTS

1st Priority:     Production
2nd Priority:     Post –production/Post-harvest
3rd Priority:     Processing

 MENU OF ELIGIBLE EQUIPMENT/MACHINERY
Rice
  • Hand tractor; Mechanical Planter;
  • Mechanized  reaper; Mechanical dryer; Thresher; Sprayer
Corn
  • Mechanical dryer, Sheller
  • Tractor; Truck;
Sugarcane
  • Tractor and accessories
  • Coconut and Value Added Products
  • Fiber extractor
  • Coco coir baling machine
  • Coir tumble dryer
  • Mechanical dryer
  • Coco sugar pulveriser
  • Hauling truck
  • Virgin coconut oil
Vegetables
  • Regular or vacuum pack equipment
  • Truck
Coffee
  • Drier
  • Roaster
  • Crusher