Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or DAF-ARMM Regional Secretary Alexander G. Alonto Jr. leads the turnover of 1 unit Combine Rice Harvester worth 1.3 Million to RBM Farmers Agricultural Fisher Folk Producers Cooperative in Brgy. Daguan, Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur last August 8, 2018 at DA-ARMMIARC Compound, Simuay Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The blessed cooperative was headed by Jimmy M. Kudarat with 28 members and established on 2015. The members extend their grateful thanks for the big blessings they received. And hope it can help a lot to the farmers especially to those neighboring place without Farm machinery.
Assisting Secretary Alonto the said turnover was ARMMIARC Center Manager Tong Abas and witnessed by other officials.
According to the record of DAF-ARMM Rice Program under the leadership of Asec. Eugene B. Strong and alternate Focal Person Ms. Edna Bajao, from 2013 up to the present, 14 units of Combine Rice Harvester worth almost twenty million (19M) funded under Rice Program of DA were awarded to selected LGU Cooperatives of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan identified as Rice Producing area in ARMM Region.
The said intervention was strongly pushed by DA National Secretary Manny Piñol through the leadership of ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman and Secretary Alonto to ease work activity and lessen the grain losses during harvest time. It is also a support of Rice Mechanization Program in promoting Rice Sufficiency in the country.