Saturday, July 29, 2006

Good News For Nocot Farmers, P10-M Released For Rubber, Palm Plantations

NORTH COTABATO (Carlos Bautista / 29 Jul) More farmers will be able to avail of rubber and oil palm seedlings under the plant-now-pay-later program of the provincial government of North Cotabato following the appropriation of an additional P10 million for its high value crops program, local officials said.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan under Vice-Governor Jesus N. Sacdalan approved the additional appropriation of P4 million for rubber and P6 million for oil palm in a special session June 29 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall.

"This will enable us to extend agricultural assistance through the PNPL to more farmers who would like to go into rubber and oil palm farming," Governor Emmanuel Pinol said.

"Among our target beneficiaries are the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Claim (CADC) areas and interested Muslim communities of the province," he said.

Pinol recently visited the village of Bolod in Pikit town to personally attend a consultation-forum on oil palm farming.

Some 10 hectares of land in the former conflict area have already been planted to oil palm with village chieftain Edris Modale leading the recipients of seedlings under the PNPL scheme.

In Arakan, 2 CADC areas in Tumanding and Lanao Kuran have been identified by the Manobo Lumadnong Panaghiusa sa Arakan (MALUPA) under Supreme Tribal Datu Veloso Suhat as pilot areas for rubber farming.

"The CADC beneficiaries happily welcome this program of the provincial government because they know that rubber farming can improve their income and will give them the opportunity for a better future," Suhat said.

Consultations on the program were started yesterday through the Cotabato Province Investment and Promotion Center (CPIPC) in the presence of National Commission on Indigenous People legal-designate Florie Rapista.

1 comment:

Muhammad said...

Mindanao shines again.