COTABATO CITY—Regional Bangsamoro Board of Investments (BBOI) conducted a 2-day program Lakbay Aral with the theme “Restoration of Farm Infrastructure and Livelihood Projects for the Displaced Farmers of La Frutera Inc.” on August 26-27, 2021 held at Al Muzafar Agriventure, Inc. (AMAVI) in Datu Abdullah Sangki and Usman Banana Farm in Matanog, Maguinadanao.
The regional BBOI, in collaboration with MP Malik A. Mantawil, was purposefully conducted to promote and enhance access to finance, jobs, skills, and modern technologies in farming as well as in investment opportunities in high value crops with better export income potential.
Accordingly, the Lakbay Aral was the 2nd phase of its Investment Promotion Program to promote investment opportunities to the prospective investors and to the Bangsamoro constituents, particularly the displaced farmers of La Frutera, Inc., who are currently residing in Buluan, Maguindanao.
During the field trip, participants were toured to AMAVI Banana Plantation. They were welcomed by Michael Abas Kida, Frankie Simeon and Hussein Malao, the AMAVI’s board of trustees, farm director, and supervisor, respectively. Lectures were also conducted regarding proper management of Cardava banana farm.
AMAVI recently received its Certificate of Registration by the regional BBOI for its investment project in a 1,000-hectare Cavendish banana plantation worth Php950 Million in Maguindanao.
Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim himself made the ceremonial awarding via Zoom teleconference thru lawyer Ishak Mastura, regional BBOI chairman, together with its Board of Governors led by Mohamad Pasigan. Minister Abu Amri Taddik of the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Tourism (MTIT) and Deputy Minister Ubaida C. Pacasem of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Management also witnessed the said ceremony. (Bangsamoro Information Office)