BOOSTING IMMUNE SYSTEM | In the light of growing concerns on Corona virus disease-2019 (COVID-19), let us ensure that our body's immune system is strong.

A strong immune system can help us fight infections of COVID-19 and other viruses and speed up recovery after an infection.

Fruits and vegetables of various colors are important for the body to replenish and strengthen one's immunity. Fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C, E, and antioxidants that can enhance the immune system to fight against infections and pathogens.

Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables will not only help boost our immune system but also boost the income of our local farmers.

INCLUSIVE AGRICULTURE | Potentials of the ancestral domain for agribusiness expansion and enterprise will now be given due attention through the Mindanao Inclusive Agricultural Development Project (MIADP).

MIADP will provide agri-fisheries livelihood, investments, and services for the development of ICCs and IPs in Mindanao.

Its components include planning and social preparation to ensure the involvement of ICCs/IPs and enterprise development services to transform beneficiaries into agripreneurs.

To boost productivity within areas under the ancestral domain, the project will also provide agri-infrastructure support such as production and postharvest facilities including access to credit. Business partnerships and market facilitation will also be conducted to establish market linkages between consumers and our ICCs/IPs.

Recently, the World Bank team consists of Eli Weiss, Maria Theresa Quiñonez and Douglas Forno conducted its project preparatory mission in Davao City. The mission covered the site visitation to Indigenous Peoples' (IPs) communities in the city. | via Celso Campos Vergara, RAFIS11

Rural women in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte has elevated their kangkong production into a sustainable enterprise and now regularly supplies a leading food chain in Tagum City.

GAP CERTIFIED | The Davao Region Central Experiment Station (DARCES) in Manambulan, Tugbok District, Davao City is now Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) certified.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is optimistic that the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) will continue to make rice farmers competitive as it will bring down production cost and increase farmers’ yield.

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