As part of boosting the economic growth of the Agriculture Sector under the Halal program, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform has conducted the distribution of Free-range native goats held at MAFAR-BARMMIAFRC and in Guindulungan, Maguindanao del Sur on September 20-21, 2023.

A total of 140 heads of native goats have been dispersed by the ministry, and the target coops and individual beneficiaries from Maguindanao del Norte and del Sur have benefitted from the said assistance.

Maguindanao Provincial Director Dr. Ronjamin M. Maulana extended his appreciation to the key officials from the Halal program for their effort and patriotism in extending support to each beneficiary.

He also reminded all the beneficiaries to do their part by expanding the production of goats across the province and in the region.

“We are hoping that through your effort, this assistance will become successful and will serve as your extra source of income,” he said.

He added, “Naniniwala kami na kahit gaano ka liit ang isang bagay, kung ito ay maalagaan ng maayos ay siguradong magiging successful ito” he emphasized.

Native goats hold significant importance for various reasons, and they play roles in ceremonies, rituals, and festivities.

Raising goats is very important, especially in regions like the Bangsamoro, where agriculture plays a vital role in the livelihoods of many communities. Goats offer a sustainable and versatile source of food, income, and land management solutions.

Compared to larger livestock like cattle, goats have a lower environmental footprint. They require less feed, water, and space, making them a more sustainable choice, especially in places with limited resources.

Additionally, their waste can be used as organic fertilizer, contributing to soil health and crop production.

Other key officials who witnessed the said distribution were Senior Agriculturist Norhid Wahab, Mafar Municipal Officers, Inspectorate Team, COA representative, and other leading officials and staff from the ministry.

Furthermore, similar activity will also be conducted in other places across the BARMM Region, including in the Special Geographical Area, Cotabato City, and other provinces.