ARMM distributes P39.2M worth of assistance to farmers in Lanao Sur
COTABATO CITY – The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ( DAFARMM) distributed recently a total of P39.2 million worth of farm inputs and equipment to different farmers’ cooperatives in Lanao del Sur to help boost agricultural production in the area.
The equipment included 4 farm tractors, 13 floating tillers, 5 corn planters, 4 corn shellers, 10 cassava graters, a combined harvester and a corn hammer mill. The farmers also received 16,400 bags of hybrid rice and corn seeds.
ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman led the distribution and was assisted by Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong, Jr, DAF- ARMM Secretary Alexander Alonto, Jr. and Provincial Director Alexie Balindong at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol in Marawi City.
Hataman said the assistance is part of the government’s efforts to improve the socio- economic condition of farmers.
He said the present administration of President Benigno Aquino III has poured- in various multi- million development packages into the region to benefit thousands of beneficiaries.
He added that the ARMM has never seen this record sum of projects in its entire history and the regional government wants to ensure that the projects redound to the benefit of the people.
Hataman urged the officials and farmer beneficiaries in the province to support and help sustain the programs and projects in their area.
The provision of farm equipment and inputs to farmers is part of the Agri- Pinoy Rice and Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture. In 2015, the DAF- ARMM also provided similar equipment and inputs to farmers in Maguindanao.