COTABATO CITY- The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform took a significant leap towards sustainable agriculture in the Bangsamoro region by conducting an intensive training program focused on mushroom production on November 28-29 at the Em Manor Hotel.

Led by Chief Science Research Specialist Esmael Satol and Senior Science Research Specialist Elvy Betonio, the training aimed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in mushroom production.

Chief Satol emphasized the pivotal role training plays in advancing organic agriculture and urged attendees to leverage the insights gained during the two-day activity.

“This training must serve as a strategic and starting point for where we go further,” he said,

Antara K. Akmad, a mushroom producer, and Amer B. Magarang, a senior science research specialist who served as a resource speaker, added practical insights to the training. He shared valuable experiences and expertise, enriching the learning process and providing participants real-world perspectives on mushroom cultivation.

Furthermore, Rowaida A. Zacaria-Kado, the Regional Focal Person for the Organic Agriculture Program, provided a comprehensive update on the current status of organic agriculture in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Her insights highlighted the strides in promoting sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices.

As MAFAR continues to champion initiatives that promote environmental sustainability and food security, the mushroom production training stands as a convergence of minds and a platform for collaboration to contribute to the growth of organic agriculture in the region.