CORN HARVEST FEST, CLOA DISTRIBUTION EMPOWER FARMING EX-MILF COMBATANTS

Corn farmers, who were former MILF combatants in Camp Bader, Kinebeka, Datu Odin Sinsuat rejoiced after reaping more with hybrid corn and so with the 49 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) after finally receiving original land titles or Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) in today’s ‘Harvest Festival on Hybrid Corn and Distribution of CLOA’ conducted by the MAFAR.
Their happiness levelled up as MAFAR Minister Dr Mohammad S. Yacob committed to provide, upon availability, warehouse with solar dryer and multipurpose combine harvester to the organized farmers in response to their long-time request to address their difficulties in in harvesting and storing their corn produce.

The activity showcased the performance of the MAFAR-provided 150 hybrid corn seeds of Filipina 753 variety that were received, planted, and well managed by the farmers which enabled increase their production.

Akmad A. Abdullah, MAFAR Regional Corn and Cassava Focal Person, said the farmers yield per hectare increased from 3 metric tons to 7 metric tons based on the result of the crop cut carried out by the ministry’s research outreach station in Maguindanao.

Focal Person Abdullah encouraged the farmers to continue using high-yielding corn varieties for them to sustain their high production.
Minister Yacob expressed his delight with the farmers commitment and success in farming manifested by their high corn productivity in their community covered by the one of the six recognized MILF camps in the BARMM.

“The agreement between the government and the MILF to turn the camps into productive communities has been exemplified by the farmers in this area”, the minister concluded.
The MAFAR Chief was happy to witness the people, composed of Muslims, Christians, and Indigenous People, unite and work together to attain economic development and sustainability.
Engr. Akan G. Tula, Head of PSA-Maguindanao was amazed by the cobs of corn with full grains in the area. He recognized the importance of continued partnership with the MAFAR and he acknowledged the corn productivity of the farmers in agricultural area of more or less 3,000 hectares.

On behalf of the farmers, Tess G. Atong, Brigade Commander of the 2nd Battalion of 104th Base Command, expressed his gratitude to the MAFAR especially to Minister Yacob for his presence and continuing assistance and for the farm inputs they received that significantly increased their production.

Twenty bags of urea fertilizers were awarded right away to the farmers whose names were drawn in the raffle draw initiated by the ministry.

The harvest festival was the second in Maguindanao and was also facilitated by officials from the MAFAR-Maguindanao led by Provincial Head Abdulnasser K. Badawi with Operations Chief Dr Ronjamin M. Maulana who managed the open forum conducted to know and address the challenges faced by the farmers.

Aside from the media partners, the activity was also graced by Engr. Ismail A. Guiamel, Assistant to the Minister for Overall Operations who reminded the farmers to always get in touch with the MAFAR Municipal Officers (MMOs), put their contact details in their proposals/requests, and specify the interventions that they need.

Partners from the LGU also attended the activity in the persons of Hon. Barangay Captain Radzis G. Atong and Ameer Jehad Ambolodto from the Office of the Provincial Governor.

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