COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: A one-hectare model organic vegetable farm will be put up in Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao aimed to providing sufficient and sustainable source of livelihood for farmers in the region.
In urban centers, organic food products are generally quoted at premium prices or more than double the prices of similar food products from non-organic farms.
The organic farm project will be monitored through Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman’s flagship program called Empowering the Bangsamoro Region through Active Community Engagements in the ARMM (EMBRACE-ARMM).
ARMM’s economy, Hataman said, is predominantly agriculture noting the project could be replicated in many communities through local government initiatives in partnership with civil society groups.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional office will establish infrastructures for the project including perimeter fences, water and irrigation systems, and a market structure for the farm’s produce.
Rajah Buayan Mayor Zamzamin Ampatuan, meanwhile, said the organic vegetable farm will boost food sufficiency and provide additional livelihood to his constituents.
Maguindanao is one of the provinces in the country with relatively high poverty incidence. Food security is also a perennial concern given the province’s vulnerability to drought and rat infestation.