DAF-ARMM seeks public-private partnership to implement Agri-Pinoy
Isabela City, Basilan (8 September) -- The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) prepares to embark on a set of new approach to improve agriculture within the region in line with the Agri-Pinoy Program espoused by the DA national office.
The Bureau of Public Information said that the Agri-Pinoy program calls for more involvement of farmers, non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs) and the private sector in pursuing sustainable agricultural development in the country.
It is among the priority programs of the incumbent administration of President Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino in his first 100 days in office, according to Salik Panalunsong, director for field operations of DAF-ARMM.
He said that ARMM is one of the 11 priority regions in the implementation of Agri-Pinoy.
Among the thrusts that will be pursued under this program are the promotion and development of sustainable agriculture, natural resource based management and food security; Pinoy Seedbank ? promotion of self-sufficiency in terms of local production of quality seeds; Gulayan sa Paaralan ? promotion of self-help food production and its importance among school children; Pinoy Encounter ? stronger coordination and collaboration between the DA and its partners in the private sector, LGUs, NGOs and farmer associations; and a Consumer Awareness Program.
DAF-ARMM has already organized an overall technical working group (TWG) and a set of core trainers on the regional, provincial and municipal level following the conduct of an orientation on the implementation of the Agri-Pinoy Program in the region.
Panalunsong said the program would focus on three commodities ? rice, corn and vegetables. Agri-Pinoy also seeks to promote organic farming the LIKASAKA concept, he said.
A total of 61 shredder machines amounting to more than P21 million has been distributed by DAF-ARMM last week to farmers in Maguindanao in support to the promotion of organic farming in the region. (PIA9-BST) [top]