Issue of December 2, 2018

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Mountain Province farmers to receive P50 M from SAAD
by Erwin S. Batnag

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Farmers from economically-deprived barangays in Mountain Province will benefit from the Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program.

The SAAD program is the lead agricultural development program and resource mobilization service of undertaking intensified social enterprises initiatives to increase food production and help alleviate poverty.

Acting Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. said the province is a recipient of around P50 million worth of food production and livelihood projects from the DA.

Lacwasan started requesting the DA for the inclusion of Mountain Province to the program since 2016.

The DA, in partnership with concerned local government units conducted a consultation last Nov. 27 as part of the SAAD’s social preparation component. Another consultation will soon be conducted in the recipient barangays for the project’s management team to meet with the beneficiaries to identify interventions and assistance to farm service providers.

DA Provincial Coordinating Officer Beverly T. Pekas said the SAAD project management team, which is composed of technical people from the DA and the provincial government will assure that the recipients of the program will be prepared in terms of organization, business planning, technology, financial management, and marketing to ensure sustainability of the program.

Lacwasan wants the successful implementation of the project so he asked the concerned offices to assure that all recipients and concerned officials are present during the barangay consultation workshop and meeting.

He said that the recipients need to be organized and should undergo the necessary preparations before the program commences.  

The SAAD program intends to contribute in poverty reduction through increased food production and establishment of community enterprises in target areas by providing support services in order to make farmers productive.

Pekas said the program prioritizes households or groups that earn below the poverty threshold who would like to engage or are already engaged in agriculture and fisheries. With this, one barangay in each municipality were prioritized using identification tools like poverty incident map and secondary data gathering on economically deprived constituents by other national government agencies among others.

The DA is positive that with the continuous efforts and cooperation of all stakeholders in the province, the program will be sustained and more barangays will be included in the program for the 2020-2022 budget.

The proposed interventions per program area are brown egg production (Bauko), integrated farming on swine, lemon and vegetable production (Barlig), integrated faming on rambutan and swine production (Besao), quail egg and banana production (Bontoc), tiger grass and swamp gabi production (Natonin), fruit trees production intercropped with soybeans (Paracelis), vegetable and swine production (Sabangan), legume, swine and free range chicken (Sadanga), swine and rambutan production, etag chamber (Sagada) and mango, muscovado, cattle and free range chicken production (Tadian).

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