As part of its poverty alleviation initiative, the Department of Agriculture has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations-World Food Program for the joint implementation of projects intended for marginalized farm families in Maguindanao.
Makmod Mending Jr., regional secretary of DA-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DA-ARMM), said that they have employed the help of UN-WFP for the implementation of various programs in two poverty stricken barangay of Kurintem and Sifaran in Datu Odin Sinuat, Maguindanao.
Mending said DA-ARMM will provide 300 bags of corn seeds to beneficiaries for the implementation of corn production projects covering 300 hectares, while technical assistance in the form of farmers practical classes on corn technology will also be provided.
The UN-WFP through its “Food-for-Work” program will distribute 300 bags of rice monthly for the period of four months and conduct monitoring, progress and impact of the project.
Aomo Asaka Nyangara, deputy country director of UN-WFP in the Philippines, expressed full support to the food and nutrition security of the people in Central Mindanao to uphold peace in the region.
“We want to ensure that no child is malnourished and all pregnant and lactating women are provided with nutrient that is required,” the Kenyan country director said, urging the farmer-recipients of post-harvest equipment to make use and take care of the equipment.
The proponents led the distribution of post-harvest equipment to 33 groups of farmers coming from 22 municipalities of the province of Maguindanao.
The equipment worth a combined P2 million include 35 units of collapsible drying case; 25 units of hermitic cocoon storage bin and 11 units of grainsafe-2.
Joel Dator and Rudy Montoya of the Grainpro, distributor of the post-harvest equipment, have conducted orientation and demonstration sessions on the use and care of the equipment.