Wednesday Oct, 16 2019 05:59:06 AM

AGRICULTURE

FAO, BARMM forge deal on empowerment of agri sector

COTABATO CITY ---- The Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) of the United Nations and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) forged Monday an agreement to help each other boost the productivity of farmers in BARMM provinces.

The joint development deal was signed by FAO representative Jose Luis Fernandez and BARMM Environment Minister Abdulraof Macacua during a symbolic event on Monday morning at the office here of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim.

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DAR provides greater economic liberty for ARBs

GEN. SANTOS CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has provided greater economic liberty as it releases more land titles to the farmer-beneficiaries in Mindanao.

In Sarangani, some 4,800 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) received their Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs).  The ARBs were represented by 30 farmer-beneficiaries during the Mindanao-wide CLOA distribution in Davao City.

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Sarangani ARBs get farm equipment, machinery

GEN. SANTOS CITY – Close to 500 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Sarangani province are expected to increase farm production after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed farm machinery and equipment.

One of the beneficiaries was all praised to the program after his group received the postharvest facilities.

“Salamat gyud sa DAR sap ag suporta sa among mga mangunguma paagi sa paghatag nila ug mg ekwipo,” Benjamin Campaan, president of Big Margus and Cross Irrigators Association (IA) in Glan, Sarangani.

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DA 12 honors Regional Gawad Saka awardees

KORONADAL CITY - The Department of Agriculture in Soccksargen has recognized the 12 regional winners of the 2019 Gawad Saka Search during awarding ceremony held in Paraiso Verde Resort and Waterpark in this city Wednesday.

They were Jesus Horlador as outstanding rice farmer and Bienvenido Nebres as outstanding fisherfolk, both from Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

Three of the awardee were from North Cotabato.

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NFA-South Cotabato buffer stocking for emergencies

KORONADAL CITY - The National Food Authority (NFA) today announced it focuses on buffer stocking for calamities and emergencies with buffer stocks to be sourced solely from local farmers as a consequence of the passage of RA-11203 or the Rice Liberalization Law which took effect on March 5, 2019.

In South Cotabato, NFA’s rice distribution shall be limited to the requirements of relief agencies during calamities and emergencies at P37.00 per kilogram, Nelson P. Sañada, NFA provincial manager for South Cotabato, said in a statement.

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Farmers in Buldon, Maguindanao still practice traditional farming

BULDON, Maguindanao – The traditional method of rice milling is still very much alive in a farming community here where organic farming is being pushed.

Farmers here, mostly belonging to Iranun tribe, have been producing “dinorado” brown rice variety using traditional method of harvesting and milling.

Despite the availability of modern rice milling machines, Iranun farmer Ali said the farmers here “are still doing it the traditional and effective way.”

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26 Norala farmers graduate from DAR-Farm Business School 

NORALA, South Cotabato - The Department of Agrarian Reform-Farm Business School (DAR-FBS) in Barangay San Jose, Norala South Cotabato built by DAR, other line agencies and local government unit have produced 26 farmers cum business persons.

This is the 8th FBS site established by the department since 2015.

There were 26 farmers who successfully completed the 25 sessions of the season long program. The journey was not easy but the graduates proved that excuses were not an option for a person who has a strong determination to finish the race.

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Lake Sebu farmers get irrigation projects

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato – Rice and corn farmers in the village of Ned here are expected to improve productivity with the turnover of three Small Irrigation Projects (SIPs).

This irrigation projects are the Kinubing SIP, New Tupi SIP and Tinugas SIP, built under Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project.

The turnover program was conducted last August 19, 2019 at Ned Settlement, Lake Sebu.

It was initiated by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the lead implementing agency.

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State university hosts fruit harvest festival

KABACAN, North Cotabato – Where in the country can anyone can just pick and eat lanzones for free?  It’s here, it’s inside the state university lanzones orchard Thursday.

One can eat lanzones all he or she can, no ifs, no buts.

Students, teachers, alumni and visitors feasted on the sweet lanzones during the day long harvest festival as a form of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest every year.

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Basilan gov’t intensifies rice production program

BASILAN --- The provincial government has expanded its agricultural interventions meant to boost rice production in this island province.

Gov. Jim Salliman said in statement Saturday the provincial government is now providing more comprehensive support to local rice farmers for them to have bumper harvests for every cropping season.

He said one of their goals in expanding the provincial government’s rice sufficiency program is for traders to have enough supply of grains to sell in the markets.

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