COTABATO CITY (April 15, 2019) – The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) conducted the school-on-the-air graduation ceremony for mango farmers on Monday, April 15, in Cotabato City.
After four months of taking part in a school-on-the-air program, 300 mango farmers from Maguindanao have been confirmed as graduates.
The farmers, who successfully passed the course on mango flower induction technology as well as processing and marketing, were from the nine (9) municipalities of Maguindanao, namely: Datu Paglas Midtimbang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Unsay Ampatuan, Guindulungan, Mamasapano, Northern Kabuntalan, Parang, Sultan Mastura, and Talayan.
Dr. Mohammad Yacob, Minister of MAFAR, led Monday’s graduation ceremony. He emphasized the significance of education as one of the mandates of the MAFAR.
“Education is one of the keys to development. It is one of the ways to achieve our goals,” he said.
Farming equipment that included 50 kilograms of mango inducer (calcium nitrate), 1 set of mango power spray, 1 puning pole, and 1 set of sound system for podcast/radio were also turned-over to the nine (9) municipalities of Maguindanao.
The Municipal Agricultural Officers (MAOs) of each participating municipalities received the equipment.
The SOA program aired 6:00AM-7:00AM every Sunday, from December 2018 to March 2019 at Radyo Bida dxMS-AM.