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Aug03

More foreigners expected to invest in Maguindanao

Brig. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan of the Army's 6th Infantry Division plants an MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Local entrepreneurs expect more foreigners to put up more organic plantations in the province following Wednesday’s launching of Asia’s first ever environment-friendly 1,500-hectare banana farm in Ampatuan town.

Bai Sandra Siang, chair of the Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kutawato, said the new all-organic Cavendish banana farm near the site of the infamous Nov. 23, 2009 “Maguindanao Massacre” sounded interesting to their contacts abroad, who learned about it via social media.

Siang said what is also fascinating about the banana venture is the involvement in its establishment of clerics belonging to its main operating entity, the Al-Mujahidun Agro Resources and Development, Inc. (AMARDI).

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Aug03

All-organic banana farm launched in Maguindanao massacre site

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu slaughters a lamb as sacrificial offering during Monday's launching of what could be Asia's first ever 1,500-hectare MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Local folks on Monday witnessed the launching of Asia's first ever 1,500-hectare "all-organic" Cavendish banana farm near the site of the infamous “Maguindanao Massacre.”

The farm is being developed jointly by a group of Muslim religious leaders, local entrepreneurs and two multinational benefactors, the Univex and the Delinanas, a subsidiary of the international Del Monte fruit firm.

The entity to run the farm in Barangay Masalay in Ampatuan town, the Al-Mujahidun Agro Resources and Development, Inc. (AMARDI), will also put up an Islamic school, a hospital, and a “halal” food processing plant in the area to help address poverty and underdevelopment besetting the local communities.

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Jul26

Tilapia brings displaced Moros back to war-torn villages

A farmer disperses tilapia fingerlings, donated by the Maguindanao provincial government, in a fish cage in Barangay Busligan in Datu Salibo town, scene of bloody encounters between soldiers and Moro rebels from between 2000 to 2008.MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – The fragile peace and the potentials of modern backyard tilapia culture are enticing Moro peasant families to return to a conflict-stricken district in Datu Salibo town which they abandoned due to deadly conflicts in years past.

Life is now returning to normal in Barangay Busligan in Datu Salibo, whose residents were driven away from their enclaves by the deadly encounters between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the military between 2000 and 2008.

For local folks, backyard tilapia culture, which is now a lucrative industry in some areas in Maguindanao, was the 'magnet' that hastened the return of evacuees.

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