23 April 2014
DAF-ARMM to launch ‘e-farm’
Cotabato City – The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) will be utilizing geo-tagging technology and an online database management to monitor agriculture projects in the region funded through the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) scheme.
On Tuesday’s distribution of BUB funds to some municipalities in Maguindanao, DAF-ARMM Secretary Macmod Mending said they will soon be launching “e-farm, an online web based database management system to monitor geo-tagged farm-to-market roads and other projects.”
DAF-ARMM has earmarked a budget of more than a billion to support projects intended to boost the agricultural productivity of the region.
Mending said projects funded through the BUB scheme are based on the proposals submitted by local farming communities.
He said a monitoring team in each province will use geo-tagging technology to ensure that projects are being implemented accordingly.
The agency is also hoping to promote organic farming and food sustainability in the region with the provision of farm equipment, implements and vegetable seeds to farmers in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.
DAF-ARMM handed a total of P7.6 million to the municipalities of Pagalungan and Upi in Maguindanao to support organic agriculture, the production of high-value crops and agricultural products such as rubber and the improvement of farm-to-market roads.
Several towns in other ARMM provinces also have similar BUB-funded projects.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the bottom-up budgeting scheme is meant to help boost the region’s economy and reduce poverty incidence.
Hataman was with Mending to lead the distribution of BUB funds, farm equipment, implements, seeds and fertilizers.
Marawi City was awarded with a P1.5 worth, high-end farm tractor to improve corn production in the area.
At least 20 villages in Maguindanao will start this month the ‘Gulayan sa Barangay’ program.
Around 1,200 farmers will be provided with a support package composed of vegetable seedlings, farm tools, knapsack sprayer, plastic drums, fertilizers and bags of rice.
The program is being undertaken by DAF-ARMM in partnership with the United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP). (Bureau of Public Information)