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Two farmers organizations in Carmen, Cotabato now proud suppliers of certified seeds to FAO-UN

CARMEN, Cotabato (Feb. 5) – Members of the two foremost farmers organizations in the municipality of Carmen are now supplying certified palay and corn seeds to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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This is according to Mokamad P. Bituanan, Chairperson of Carmen Agricultural Resources Development – Producers Cooperative CARD-PC during the turn-over of two Mindanao Rural Development Project-funded rice mill sub projects in Barangay Nasapian and General Luna last week.

CARD-PC and another farmers group, the Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Magsasaka ng MALMAR (NAGKASAMMA) started to export certified seeds to the FAO-UN during the last quarter of 2013.

Bituanan said that the exporting of certified seeds were the outcome of efficient administration of the two organizations which at the same time improved the livelihood of the farmers.

Abdulwahid Yunos, President of NAGKASAMMA said that before the two organizations started to send certified seeds to FAO-UN, they were also able to supply farm products to some provinces in Visayas such as Mindoro and Roxas City.

These are apart from being local suppliers of seeds in Cotabato province and nearby areas.

The two farmer-leaders said that their success is a product of good partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture and the provincial government of Cotabato and their organizations’ effective implementation of projects.

2 rice mill sub projects worth P500,000 each motivate farmers to be more productive

Tthe two rice mill sub projects each costing P 500,000 and were handed to CARD-PC and NAGKASAMMA were funded under a counter-parting scheme.

The fund came from the World Bank (60%), DA-MRDP under its Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) (20%) and the Cotabato provincial government (20%).

Leading the turn-over was Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza accompanied by Cotabato Board Members Jomar Cerebo and Ivy Dalumpines-Balitoc.

Graciano Lumen, project officer of DA-MRDP and the representative of DA-12 during the turn-over said that the projects would definitely increase the productivity of the CARD-PC and NAGKASAMMA.

He said that DA-12 has seen the endeavors of the two farmer’s organizations in years and how they grew and developed.

Bituanan stressed that the projects would definitely boost their performance as crop producers in Carmen town and eventually thanked Gov Taliño-Mendoza and her administration for prioritizing the farmers of the province.

 “We aim to be as productive as we can and these rice mill projects are a big help to achieve our targets” Bituanan said.

 

On the other hand,Yunos, said that the projects turned-over to them will inspire them to perform more. He accentuated on the fact that the provincial government of Cotabato is doing its best to uplift the lives of the farmer sector.

 

“This is an inspiration for all of us here members of CARD-PV and NAGKASAMMA to give more productive results and we are grateful to Gov. Taliño-Mendoza for all the projects she has initiated in our favor” Yunos said.

 

Also present during the turn-over were the personnel from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Cotabato and local officials from Carmen.

 

In June 2012, the NAGKASAMMA was awarded the DA GAWAD Saka award for its successful endeavor in helping its members through livelihood and for its valuable contribution to the local economy.

 

Their good performances led to both CARD-PC and the NAGKASAMMA exporting certified seeds to the FAO-UN.

 

For this reason, Gov. Taliño-Mendoza lauded the two farmer’s organizations for what she says as a best practice worth emulating to other municipalities of Cotabato.

 

She also vowed to extend more support as well as partnership to the said organizations.  (JIMMY STA. CRUZ)

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