More agri projects up in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:07

Agriculture officials have started extending more economic interventions needed to boost the productivity of Moro peasants as part of Malacañang’s food sufficiency efforts and in support of the socio-economic components of the peace overture between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) and the office of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala agreed to help each other implement P2.4 billion-worth of projects in Moro communities, as part of the government’s food security thrusts, and to complement the development agenda of the government and MILF’s peace panels.

A big chunk of the funds are intended for agricultural projects in the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, according to DAF-ARMM’s regional secretary, lawyer Makmod Mending, Jr.

Alcala, Mending, and ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman began dispersing on February 28 fiscal and material support to various farmers’ organizations in the two provinces, among them cooperative groups of MILF members.

Alcala is  helping oversee the implementation in the autonomous region of the “Agri-Pinoy” program of the central office of the Department of Agriculture.

Alcala and ARMM officials jointly presided over last February 28 separate dialogues with representatives of the farming sectors in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur to listen to their views and recommendations on what interventions are essential in improving their productivity.

Mending said the national government and the Hataman administration are closely coordinating with each other in pushing forward Malacañang’s agricultural programs for Moro communities.

Alcala had also led ARMM officials in dispersing farm equipment and livestock to Maguindanaon and Maranaw farmers last week.

Mending said it is important for DAF-ARMM to achieve all of its development goals by 2015 in preparation for the establishment of the new, MILF-led Bangsamoro political entity.

“We want all of our projects already implemented by then so that we can turn over to the GPH and MILF panels an ARMM government that has done enough interventions needed to empower the Moro agriculture sector,” Mending said.

Mending said all agricultural projects of the regional government are being facilitated in utmost transparency.