Iligan City IP farmer associations receive cacao seedlings

By : Mindanao Today/09:49:39am 09/10/2021


Iligan IP farmer associations receive cacao seedlings to boost their farm productivity and income. (DA-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Aiming to boost farmers' productivity and income, the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) turned over 5,000 pieces of cacao seedlings to six Indigenous Peoples (IPs) farmer associations of barangay Rogongon, Iligan City, recently.

Said intervention is also in support of Executive Order No. 70 or institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict.

The P175,000 worth of project will benefit the 710 members of barangay Rogongon IP 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.

The IPs of Brgy. Rogongon is the beneficiary of DA’s “Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang
Katutubong” program, otherwise known as the 4Ks program, which is intended to help in the development of tribal communities in the country.

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

Early in May this year, the community has also received Banana Cardava planting materials through
DA-10’s High-Value Crops Development Program.

Leading the turnover on behalf of Carlene Collado, DA- 10 regional executive director, is Abdulharis
Paporo, Lanao del Norte provincial operations center chief.

“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.

Also present during the turnover was Jose Desiderio Oyo-a, Iligan City agriculturist. (EMBentulan)

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