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Iligan IP farmers group receive cacao seedlings from DA 10

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–Aiming to boost farmers’ productivity and income, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) turned over 5,000 pieces of cacao seedlings to six Indigenous Peoples (IPs) farmer associations of Barangay Rogongon in this City.

The assistance is part of DA’s ‘Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubong’ program, otherwise known as the 4Ks that intends to help in the development of tribal communities in the country.

The P175K worth of project will benefit the 710 members of the IP farmers group which include the -Malumpayad Tribal Farmer’s Association, Dungoan Indigenous People Farmers Association, Gabunan Farmers Association, Tawagon Bridge Tribal Farmers Association, Binasan Tribal Farmers Association, and Higaonon Tribal Community.

Representing DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, Lanao del Norte Provincial Operations Center Chief Abdulharis P. Paporo led the turnover of seedlings.

“With this aid, Rogongon IPs will be more interested to engage in entrepreneurial farming and become an active catalyst for change towards peace and development,” said Paporo.

The beneficiaries own around 6,700 hectares of farmland suitable for cacao production aside from growing abaca as their primary source of income and living.

This intervention is also in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70   institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict.

Early in May this year, the community also received banana cardava planting materials through the High-Value Crops Development Program.

Also present during the turnover was Iligan City Agriculturist Jose Desiderio D. Oyo-a. (DA RFO 10)