14,000 coffee seedlings awarded to 500 graduate farmers
A total of 14,000 coffee seedlings and certificates were awarded to more than 500 farmers who completed the course on Coffee Production and its Utilization during the Mass Graduation of School-on-the-air last December 16 held in the Shariff Kabunsuan Hall, ARMM Complex, Cotabato City.
Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman graced the occasion along with Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Secretary, Atty. Makmod Mending Jr.
In his speech Governor Hataman reiterated the importance of farming, particularly coffee farming, on the economic progress of ARMM. Hataman challenged the farmers to apply the knowledge and technologies that they have acquired in developing the lands that they till. He also stated that he is willing to allocate PhP 700,000 from his Special Purpose Fund (SPF) to provide the farmers capital.
Five farmers received a spot-cash of PhP1000 each from the Regional Governor after they have provided correct answers to the quiz he initiated.
The School-on-the-air on Coffee Production and its Utilization is a program spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF-ARMM) through the leadership of Atty. Mending Jr.