AMAD conducts Market Linkage on Bangsamoro Corn, Rice Industry

To ensure market stability of the region’s two major crops, rice and corn, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform, thru the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division, holds Market Linkage on Bangsamoro Corn and Rice Industry held at Eighty-Eight Hotel, Koronadal City.

AMAD OIC Chief Datu Hamsur J. Zaid emphasized the activity’s objective, and he said rice and corn play a significant role in the economic industry, mainly its market demand.

“We made this activity possible to help our farmers link their produced crops,” Zaid added.

Director II for Agrarian Reform, Dr. Tong Pinguiaman said, “This is the time to discuss different marketing systems or their levels of marketing.”

He also recognized the presence of the private sector and other partners in the market promotion of the said crops.

Rice and Corn are two major crops consumed by Filipinos, Rice is a cereal grain and monocot, and it is also the main staple food in more than 100 countries worldwide. At the same time, Corn is a plant that produces large grains, or kernels, highly valued for human and livestock consumption.

The key points in the activity were the presentation of the Bangsamoro Rice, Corn Industry, Profile and Roadmap, Value Chain Analysis of Rice, Research and Development Programs on the Rice Industry, MAFAR Binhi Programs, and the SHEP Program.

Partner line agencies have also presented some key points, including the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty Program (EPAHP) from the Ministry of Social Services and Development, Procurement Programs of the National Food Authority thru the National Food Authority, and School-Based Feeding Programs by the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education.

Other key officials attended the activity, including Lanao del Sur Provincial Director Atty. Khalid Ansano, Maguindanao Provincial Director Dr. Ronjamin M. Maulana, Assistant Provincial Director for SGA and Cotabato City Disumimba D. Rasheed, OIC Chief for Field Operation Division Baharen Piang, and other key officials from the ministry and other partner line agencies.