COTABATO CITY—Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) officially launched the Regional Fisheries Research Center (RFRC) at Barangay Pagasinan, Bongao in Tawi-Tawi on Wednesday, April 7.
The MAFAR-RFRC is composed of a seaweeds and fish health laboratory, a hatchery for finfish and abalone, a training center, and a dormitory.
The facility will help address and resolve issues and concerns associated with fisheries production. It will also provide new technologies to boost the volume and value of fishery products including other aquatic resources—not only in Tawi-Tawi, but in the entire Bangsamoro region.
Additionally, different agricultural inputs and types of machinery were also distributed by MAFAR to various farmer-beneficiaries in the province.
These include hand tractor with trailer, cassava chipper, shredder, coffee hauler, incubator, pelletizing machine, pump irrigation open source, power sprayer, rice seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides.
The ceremony was attended by Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim, MAFAR Minister Dr. Mohammad S. Yacob, Education Minister Mohagder Iqbal, Parliament Member Eddie M. Alih, MAFAR Tawi-Tawi Provincial Director Aidarus I. Nami, and other BARMM officials.
Also present at the event were Governor Yshmael I. Sali of Tawi-Tawi, Mayor Jimuel S. Que of Bongao, Chancellor Mary Grace Guinto-Sali, and other local officials in the province of Tawi-Tawi.
On the other side, a total of eight (8) Agrarian Reform Program Technologist (ARPT) from MAFAR-Tawi-Tawi took their oath via zoom last Thursday, April 8.
Yacob who administered the oath-taking encouraged everyone to “make themselves more equip in terms of skills and knowledge so as to deliver the expectation of the people they are serving.”
He also reminded the employees to uphold the principle of Moral Governance that is being practiced nowadays in the entire Bangsamoro region. (Bangsamoro Information Office)
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