By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, May 22 (PIA ICCC) — The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in coordination with the Task Force Bangon Marawi has distributed yesterday, May 21, farm inputs to this city’s nine agrarian reform communities, benefiting the agrarian reform beneficiaries as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Engr. Mesug Unda, provincial agrarian reform officer of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Lanao del Sur said the distribution of farm inputs would continue until May May 23 to benefit some 2,250 farmers.

“There are 1,880 beneficiaries for vegetable seeds, 300 for corn seeds and 150 for rice seeds and all of them will receive organic fertilizer,” Unda disclosed.

The World Food Programme will also conduct validation of beneficiaries through Kathanor who will be part of its Cash-Based Transfer program. The qualified beneficiaries will receive P2,000 cash for land preparation, P2,000 when they start planting and another P2,000 during harvest time.

“Itong project nagsimula kami kahapon magdistribute sa Brgy. Dulay West, Dulay Proper at Malimono at ngayon dito sa Guimba. Tuloy-tuloy ito hanggang matapos ang distribusyon,” Unda said.

[We started the distribution of this project yesterday in Brgy. Dulay West, Dulay Proper and Malimono and now here in Guimba]

The provincial agrarian officer also shared that common service facilities like farm tractor, insecticides and pesticides would also be provided to the farmers.

Omar H. Ali from Brgy. Guimba expressed his gratitude for receiving farm inputs from Agrarian Reform Lanao del Sur of Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MAFAR-BARMM). (Photo by: GIan Carlo Raman/ PIA ICCC)

“Talagang malaking tulong sa amin ito. Siyempre nabawasan ang pagbili naming ng rice seeds, mga fertilizer,” Omar H. Ali of Barangay Guimba said.

[This is a great help to us because we are able to save money from buying rice seeds and fertilizers.]

The nine ARC barangays include Cabasaran, Dulay Proper, Dulay West, Malimono, Guimba, Papandayan Caniogan, Sugod, Patani and Kilala. (LEAntonio)