Production Support Services (PSS)
The compositions under Production Support Services (PSS) are 44,000 Kilograms of Organic Lowland Rice and another 44,000 lowland Organic Rice seeds and 105 units of Knapsack Sprayer. Organic seeds were already distributed to the target Organic Farmer beneficiaries of the five provinces of ARMM. However, the Knapsack Sprayer failed the bidding process. The recommendations on this matter will be negotiated upon the completion of requirements.
MARKET DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (MDS)
Organic Agri-Trade Fairs were conducted particularly the local market related services assisted in support to the celebration of the 2nd Organic Agriculture Month.
The Regional Organic Agriculture Congress was also conducted, attended by 300 participants from the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Marawi City, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. This was held in DAF-ARMM compound in Cotabato City. One of the major points sited in the resolution was the distribution of ANC to the Vermi-Compost Operators.
EXTENSION SUPPORT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING SERVICES (ESETS)
The School on the Air (SOA) was conducted as a short term program starting Sept. 2015 up to Dec. 2015. The RAFID Chief personally anchored the DXMS Radio Station every Sunday 6:00am to 7:00am with the Provincial Information Officer. There are more than 200 participants who participated in the program coming from different municipalities of the Province of Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur. This activity is part of the promotion and advocacy of the Organic Agriculture Program throughout the ARMM region.
Moreover, the capability building for the 4H-Club and Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members in the Province of Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur for Organic Agriculture Program that primarily focused on Gender Advocacy Program attended the training held at Datu Piang, Maguindananao and Kapatagan, Lanao Del Sur respectively. Whereas, the RICs’ trainings were held at Municipalities of Matanog, Maguindanao and Bacolod Kalawi, Province of Lanao Del Sur.
The 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress was successfully conducted at SMX Convention Center of SM Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last November 25-27, 2015 wherein organic farmers from the region gathered in the event.
ORGANIC TECHNO-DEMO AND TRAINING FARMS
The project fund was used to establish sites in Maguindanao Province and Marawi City. One (1) site was established in Barangay Pigcalagan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and the Lataban Service Cooperatives was the recipient of the said project.
The rehabilitation of Regional Soil Laboratory has already started and is 80% accomplished as reported by R&D Director ESMAIL S. SATOL.
The rehabilitation of Regional Seed Bank is 80% accomplished as reported by R&D Director ESMAIL S. SATOL.
Lastly, the Five (5) units Organic Rice mill were already distributed and awarded to the beneficiaries through DA-Provincial Offices of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.