The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has turned over 47 subprojects worth P492 million to farmers in Mindanao.
The projects include farm-to-market roads and bridges in Lanao del Norte and Cotabato; irrigation facilities in Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat; and post-harvest facilities in Lanao del Norte and Cotabato, JICA said in a statement.
Among the crops covered by the turnover subprojects are coconut, rice, rubber, corn, coffee, and cacao, it added.
The subprojects spearheaded by JICA and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are under the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project that seeks to boost the competitiveness and sustainability of the agriculture sector in the Philippines.
“There is no doubt about the importance of agriculture to the Philippine economy, with its potential to uplift the lives of Filipino farmers, often among the poorest in the country. Through MinSAAD, JICA aims to lay the foundations our farmers need to maximize agriculture’s potential and improve their lives,” said JICA Philippines Senior Representative Jin Hirosawa.
Under MinSAAD, farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries in 27 municipalities in Mindanao stand to benefit through small-scale agriculture infrastructure and capacity building.