245 farmers graduate in Maguindanao

By Albashir Saiden, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jan 23 2013 08:15 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 04:15 AM

MAGUINDANAO – A total of 245 farmers from 7 municipalities of Maguindanao have graduated from a farmers' school initiated by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DA-ARMM).

This is under the Department of Agriculture’s Technical Cooperation Project 5, a rice-based farming technology and extension project for the ARMM.

The project aims to enhance the capacity of farmers and agricultural extension workers in the ARMM.

It also aims to transfer appropriate technology to improve knowledge and skills of farmers.

The first batch of graduates from Maguindanao went to field experimentation, lectures, workshops and study tours.

“With the increasing population and increasing demand for food, we could guarantee that there will be no more food shortage through this project," DAF-ARMM regional secretary Engr. Magindra said.

The project started last April of 2012 and will last for 5 years. It targets to teach 3,000 farmers all over ARMM.

Maguindanao has been known as the biggest rice producing province in the ARMM.