The harvest festival, conducted by the MAFAR in Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan on October 2, 2020, recorded the highest average yield per hectare in rice that is 10.26 tons, based on the crop cut result, under the 10-Hectare Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Inbred Rice Production.

Led by Minister Dr Mohammad S. Yacob, the activity was attended by the overwhelmed farmer-participants, local government officials, media partners, supporters from the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, and other technical officials from the MAFAR.

Aside from the CPAR project, a 50-Hectare Model Farm on Inbred Rice Seed Production was also established in the village including areas in Lower Salbo in the same town that also showcased increased production among the farmers.

Tong A. Abas, Regional Rice and Seed Focal Person, said the activity was the 10th of its kind in the BARMM and the CPAR project was implemented considering the result of the participatory rural appraisal (PRA) conducted with the farmer-participants.

According to Abas, some of the PRA findings revealed that the farmers lacked capital and high-quality rice seeds that was one of the bases of the ministry to give them certified rice seeds of the high yielding variety NSIC Rc222.

Minister Yacob congratulated the farmers for their success in rice farming this for the season. He reiterated his desire to give them ‘seed of hope’ to never stop producing and continue to serve as partners of the ministry in advancing the economy of the Bangsamoro Region.

The MAFAR Chief encouraged the farmers to strengthen their unity and to voice out their challenges and problems so that the ministry can help them out.
Abdulwahid K. Tundok, MILF’s 118th Base Commander, recalled that the BARMM government was the fruit of the struggle of the Bangsamoro people where lives and assets were expended.

He urged the farmers to be grateful and to be more responsible in sustaining assistance they received from the government.
Hon. Vice Mayor Jaiton Diamukom, an agriculturist, represented Hon Mayor Edris A. Sindatok. He said the people in the village had not been able to harvest much with the reigning discord between and among them.

He stressed that when people are in peace and harmony, the blessings of the Almighty are opened from everywhere and he said that the LGU is fully supporting all the programs from the MAFAR.
The farmers’ problem on recurring floods and insufficient irrigation facilities were raised and addressed during the open forum, facilitated by Abdulnasseef S. Ulong, BARMMIAC Center Manager and OIC for Agricultural Services and Baharen A. Piang, Assistant BARMMIARC Center Manager.

The activity was also attended and supported by Engr. Ismail A. Guiamel, Assistant to the Minister for Overall Operations, Abdulnasser K. Badawi, MAFAR-Maguindanao Provincial Head, Dr Ronjamin M. Maulana, MAFAR-Maguindanao Operations Officer, Datun A. Nur, Provincial Fishery Officer, Nanding D. Sayutin, Former MAFAR Municipal Officer, Musib Tan, Municipal Administrator, partners from the media, research associates, and barangay officials.

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