Agri projects boost yield of Lanao corn farmers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:24

The dividends of the community solar dryer and multi-purpose rain protection shed projects built by Maranaw folks in Barangay Balagunun  in Madamba town  are now being felt by local Moro peasants.

The two projects were built, as a common community initiative, with the help of World Bank through a conduit, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Social Fund Project (ASFP).

The municipality of Madamba is located in Lanao del Sur, one of the five provinces of ARMM.

Nor Moktar Dagadas, the municipal facilitator of ASFP projects in Madamba, said farmers have earned bigger profits using the solar dryer, constructed right in their barangay.

“They don’t go to commercial solar dryers anymore to dry the corn they harvest from their farms for a fee,” Dagadas said.

Farmers can also store their corn grains in the multi-purpose shed they constructed with the help of World Bank, through the ASFP, Dagadas added.

The solar dryer and the multi-purpose shed Balagunun residents built the “bayanihan” were just among dozens of World Bank-assisted projects implemented by the ASFP in various areas in the autonomous region.

“The solar dryer and the multi-purpose shed we constructed have ushered in improvements in the quality of life in Barangay Balagunun,” a 40-year-old Maranaw farmer, Sariguidan, said in the local vernacular.

Dagadas said the projects have also improved by at least three-folds the production of local farmers in the two recent cropping seasons. — FO