Organic Rice and Cattle Farming get Boost

PHILIPPINES - Three coastal towns from Lanao del Norte province received financial support from the Mindanao Rural Development Programme (MRDP) of the Department of Agriculture for the implementation of its agricultural projects, particularly those on organic rice production and livestock production.
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The municipalities of Kapatagan, Lala and Baroy are the latest towns to benefit from this anti-poverty program from national government.

Among those who received financial assistance are two farmers’ cooperative and two livestock raisers from Kapatagan, four farmer groups and two livestock raisers in Lala, one farmer’s cooperative from Baroy and one people’s organization in Tubod.

The seven farmers’ organization each received close to P500,000 as integral support for their organic rice farming. Livestock raisers also received P750,000 for their cattle fattening and halal meat production projects.

Formal turnover of checks, representing the provincial counterpart was held last September 11 and 12 at barangays Butadon in Kapatagan, Rebe in Lala and Maliwanag in Baroy.

As of writing, only 50 per cent of the project amount was released to the beneficiary organisations. The remaining balance will be released on the second tranche of the programme.

The Department of Agriculture and the provincial government of Lanao del Norte each contributed 20-per cent of the project cost as their monetary counterpart. The remaining 60-per cent is taken from the World Bank loan grant.

Present during the turnover ceremony were Gov. Khalid Dimaporo, town mayors, provincial employees, barangay captains and councilors.

The Mindanao Rural Development Programme – Adaptable Program Loan Phase 2 (MRDP2) is a poverty-alleviation initiative implemented through the Department of Agriculture (DA) jointly funded by the World Bank, National Government, and Local Government Units covering Mindanao's 26 provinces and 225 municipalities.

MRDP seeks to further improve rural incomes and achieve food security through agri-fishery infrastructure, livelihood enterprise, and biodiversity conservation projects.

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