MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, — To promote agripreneurship, the GO NEGOSYO model farm in Brgy. Linamon in the municipality of Ditsaan-Ramain, Lanao del Sur, held its first harvest festival dubbed “Pakaradian ko Ragonan” on 22 February 2018.
Around 350 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and host farmers from the municipalities of Ditsaan-Ramain and Bubong took part in the project.
The GO NEGOSYO vegetable model farm was conceived to augment food supply and provide livelihood venture to IDPs and host farmers. It also served as a learning venue on the technology of organic vegetable production.
Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, GO NEGOSYO Project Head, along with officials from the Provincial Government, Local Government of Ditsaan-Ramain and Bubong, Department of Agriculture (DA) -Lanao del Sur Office, and other stakeholders attended the festival.
The GO NEGOSYO Project Head is optimistic that the project can take farmers economically further as evidenced by their bountiful harvest of assorted vegetables like varied cucurbits (squash, melons, musk and honeydew), and lowland and upland vegetables.
During the ceremony, Mayor Saidamen Adiong, of Ditsaan-Ramain as well as other sectoral representatives, pledged their continuing support to the project.
DA Provincial Agricultural Officer Pangalian Balindong, Jr., on the other hand, committed to extend all the needed technical assistance to the beneficiaries to sustain the gains they are currently reaping.
With the success of the first run of the model farm, stakeholders are hopeful the project could become a springboard for agripreneurship among farmers in the province. (DA-LDS/PIA-10)
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