COTABATO CITY—Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) provided a total of 90 native chicken heads and 7 goat heads to support and enhance the livelihoods of local farmers in Brgy. Lipawan, Barira, Maguindanao Del Norte.
The MAFAR Gender and Development (GAD) Program facilitated the delivery of these livestock supplies which aimed at improving the farmers’ livelihoods and ensuring food security in the area.
Leading the distribution during the turnover ceremony was Diana Manalasal, GAD alternate focal, who explained the purpose and benefits of the assistance initiated by the ministry.
“This initiative intends to strengthen farmers’ livelihood, giving hope to many who have struggled with economic insecurity,” Manalasal said.
“MAFAR strives to provide chickens and goats to Bangsamoro farmers to help them because this initiative is expected to have far-reaching effects on food security and poverty alleviation,” she added.
Meanwhile, one of the beneficiaries said, “We are grateful to the MAFAR for providing intervention to our Barira farmers. It’s a huge help in our economy.”
“We will use the chicken and goat we received in a good way to earn money and lift us out of poverty,” he said.
The agriculture ministry guarantees that distributing chickens and goats to farmers is a big step toward strengthening rural community’s livelihood upheaval and promoting sustainable farming techniques, especially in rural areas. (Kasan Usop, Jr./BIO with reports from MAFAR)