DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MINSAAD) project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched its first marketing forum for Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Associations (ARBOs), dubbed as “USAPANG KALAKALAN NG DAR-MINSAAD” with the theme “Preparing ARBOs for Marketing Opportunities” at Apo View Hotel in Davao City.
The one-day event was staged primarily to provide orientation on market opportunities to selected ARBOs from MINSAAD projects in Regions 10, 11 and 12, and who are engaged in the processing and trading of rice, corn, rubber, peanut, and abaca.
MINSAAD Project Manager Eduardo E. Suaybaguio delivered the rationale for the holding of the activity and emphasized that ‘MINSAAD is only rekindling its promise to uplift people’s lives”.
He added that the marketing forum aims to provide a holistic approach to trading the produce of the ARBOs.
The activity was also graced by DAR XI Regional Director Joseph Orilla together with OIC City Agriculturist of Davao City Leo Brian Leuterio and representatives from DAR and other implementing agencies, as well as from investors and other stakeholders.
Leuterio delivered the message of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for the occasion.
The MINSAAD project has a time frame of 5 years to implement its programs that will be spearheaded by DAR in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Highways, National Irrigation Administration and local government units as co-implementing agencies, and the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and MinDA (Mindanao Development Authority) as cooperating agencies .
MINSAAD is now in its 4th year of implementation and currently covers 217 barangays in 27 municipalities spread within Regions 10, 11 and 12 in Mindanao. (RS Maala, RIO DAR XI)
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