ARMM holds farmers forum in Lanao del Sur
Marawi City (09 October 2014) – Around 4,000 farmers from Lanao Del Sur attended a forum held today in this city to help improve government support to agriculture in the province.
The farmers’ forum, organized by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) and the Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Partylist, was designed to help officials identify the concerns of farmers in the province and assist them access government support, according to ARMM Agriculture Sec. Makmod Mending, Jr.
DAF-ARMM also distributed P10.7 million worth of farm inputs and equipment to the farmers under the government’s Agri-Pinoy program.
The equipment, worth P6.1 million, included 10 units of thresher, 21 units of rice cutter and 1 combine harvester. The farm inputs consisted of 2,599 bags of rice seeds and 1,535 bags of corn seeds valued at around P4.6 million.
Farmer Gafaar Dorowan, 64, of Piagapo town, was delighted and said the assistance will help increase their yield in the next cropping season.
“We are thankful to the ARMM and the national government for providing support to farmers like us,” he said.
AMIN Partylist Rep. Sitti Djalia Hataman, ARMM Vice-Gov. Haroun Alrashid Lucman, Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong, Jr., Mending and Abdulrashid Ladayo, Sr., administrator of ARMM’s Cooperative Development Authority, were present during the forum and led the distribution of agricultural inputs and machineries to the farmers.
The ARMM, composed of the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan, is among the country’s top producers of crops such as rice, cassava, corn, coffee and oil palm, and fruits like lanzones, mangosteen and durian. (Bureau of Public Information)