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P2.4-B agri projects approved in Mindanao

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By Antonio L. Colina IV

Davao City – Some 255 projects worth P2.44 billion in Mindanao were approved early this month under the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD), a Japan International Cooperation Agency-funded project of the Department Agrarian Reform.

Alvin Obrique, MinSAAD agriculture, agribusiness & agroforestry component manager, said in an interview that the projects will consist of farm-to-market roads, bridges, irrigation, post harvest, and rural water supply facilities.

The projects will be undertaken in different settlements of government’s agrarian reform beneficiaries in North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato in Soccsksargen; Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao; and Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur in Davao Region.

Obrique said the communities that will receive the assistance are currently being selected, as many of them are the “last frontier of DAR settlements” in Mindanao, seldom visited by “government development workers and even by the private sector” due to problem with roads.

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