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The Department of Agriculture in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DA-ARMM) and the United Nations – World Food Program (UN-WFP) will jointly implement programs to benefit 300 farm families in two poverty stricken barangays of Kurintem and Sifaran in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao.
The Department of Agriculture is ready to carry out cloud seeding operations to induce rain over areas that have not received a rainfall for at least one week as part of its proactive strategy against a feared protracted dry spell, even as the country’s weather bureau said it’s too early to tell the occurrence of El Niño phenomenon this year.
With the immediate recovery and long-term productivity of agri-fishery sector in mind, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is set to inaugurate P211.9 million worth of infrastructure projects and deliver packages of assistance valued at P53.7 million to Yolanda-affected farmers and fishers when he visits Capiz on April 11 to take part in its annual Capiztahan festival.
Despite heavy agricultural damage brought about by super typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas, the region still managed to post a 17.2 percent in rice production this first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year.
Peace in Mindanao will unlock the vast agricultural and economic potential in the region, this is how optimistic Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is after the GRP and MILF finally signed a peace agreement following decades of conflict in the region.
With its enduring commitment to extend aid to Filipinos in need, the Government of Japan (GOJ) has approved the funding for the AKBay-Agrikultura: Kaagapay ng Bayang Pinoy Program-Phase II for Typhoon Yolanda-Affected Areas under the Japanese Grant Assistance for the Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers (2KR Program). A fund support of P139,979,500.00 from Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) was approved for this project.
The Department of Agriculture is fully supportive of the ongoing peace efforts for Mindanao, a major highlight of which is the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in Malacañang, on March 27, 2014.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala expressed confidence that the Mindanao Rural Development Program sub-projects will be completed by the end of the year, this he bared during the 11th World Bank Review Mission in Davao City recently.