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Dahil sa El Niño! Bangsamoro gov’t extends aid to BARMM farmers, fisherfolk

The Bangsamoro government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), has provided assistance to farmers and fisherfolk affected by El Niño phenomenon in the region.

MAFAR’s quick response across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) includes distributing hybrid corn seeds, vegetable seeds, nitrogen fertilizer, portable solar water pump irrigation systems, garden tools, and both tilapia and bangus fingerlings and feeds. Palay seeds were also distributed to affected farmers.

Ismail Guiamel, Director of Agriculture Services and Focal Person for Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM-BARMM), noted significant damage to agri-fishery production areas due to extreme temperatures and drought.

“The MAFAR is now calling for the cooperation of the farmers and fisherfolk to report to the nearest MAFAR Municipal office in their area to assess and validate their production areas,” he said.

“This will also help the farmers and fisherfolk recover from their losses as the assessment will serve as the basis of intervention to be given by the ministry,” Guiamel added.

Late last month, the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) issued Proclamation No. 002 s. 2024, declaring a State of Calamity in the region due to the severe effects of El Niño.

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