T’boli farmers get gov’t support for organic rice farming
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that members of the T’boli tribe in Maitum, Sarangani Province have recently received government support for organic rice farming.
“Tribal leaders of Barangay Upo, Maitum said it was the first time that they were given government support in planting indigenous rice varieties,” Piñol said.
Barangay Upo is one of the areas selected by the Provincial Government of Sarangani under Gov. Steve Solon as pilot areas for livelihood programs funded by Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), which operates under the Department of Agriculture (DA).
SAAD identifies the poorest provinces of the country, which should be given an additional.funding support of P100 million to combat poverty.
In Sarangani, the SAAD targetted the tribal communities and identified potential livelihood activities.
“The organic rice production program for tribal communities in Sarangani was funded with an initial P25 million released last year. Yesterday, the remaining P75 million was released by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to the Sarangani Provincial Government,” Piñol further said.
Apart from this, Piñol committed seven units of single-pass rice dehullers to be given to the tribal farmers involved in upland rice production.