Agri-10 provides veggie seeds in support to XSF’s food security efforts.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — In an effort to meet the need for food security among the region’s indigenous peoples communities, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA RFO-10) headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado turned over assorted vegetable seeds to the Xavier Science Foundation (XSF).

A total of 60 packets of vegetable (pinakbet and sinigang) were handed over by DA-10 High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Kersten S. Pagalan to XSF project staff Mark Auditor at the agency compound.

The said provision is in support of the foundation’s food security program dubbed as ‘Mt. Kalatungan BioCon: Creating Innovative Environmental Solutions and Sustainable Livelihoods’ which aims to promote sustainable agriculture and increase access to fresh food through community gardening.

It further addresses the escalating climate and biodiversity challenges in the 21 barangays within the Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park landscape.

“We are coordinating with six indigenous peoples organizations (IPOs) in Talakag, Pangantucan, and Maramag for the project implementation, and are aiming to establish at least 10 family-beneficiaries of the said initiative,” Auditor said.

He added that XSF is grateful for DA-10’s eagerness to partner and support the initiative for the IP communities in Northern Mindanao.# (GDAndres)