DAF-ARMMIARC R&D Kick Off Programs


The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DAF-ARMMIARC) conducted the kick off program for the various Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) funded projects on Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR), and Institutional Development Grant (IDG) including the inauguration of the two facilities: Food Product Development Center (FPDC) and the Multi-Purpose R&D Facility. These series of activities were held on 9 May 2018 at DAF-ARMMIARC in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. The activity was spearheaded by the DAF ARMMIARC and was led by Mr. Tong Abas, research manager of DAF-ARMMIARC.

The CPAR projects launched included: 1) Corn-based Integrated Farming System in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao; 2) Rice-based Integrated Farming System in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao; and 3) Rice-based Integrated Farming System in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. These projects are implemented in nine barangays witha total of 90 farmer-cooperators/partners with two-year project duration.

The inaugurated FPDC will serve as the development center in ARMM on various food products including halal certified food products while the Multi-Purpose R&D Facility will serve as venue for meetings, trainings, seminars, and various research-related activities. The facility can accommodate up to 700 participants.

Present during the launching activity were DAF ARMM’s Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eugene Strong; R&D Director Esmael Satol; DAF ARMMIARC R&D Manager Tong Abas; DAF ARMM and DA Maguindanao officials, researchers and staff, LGU Sultan Kudarat Maguindanao, ARMM Bureau of Public Information, ARMM media partners, and farmer cooperators of the CPAR projects.

Representing BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar were Ms. Marjorie Mosende of the Institutional Development Division, Mr. Ricarte Castro of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division, and Mr. Patrick Cabrera of the Program Development Division. ###

Entrance Gate of DAF ARMMIARC Simuay Sultan Kudarat Maguindanao

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