P3M-worth of SAAD agri interventions distributed in Zamboanga del Norte
Through his brainchild project called the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol recently led the turnover of agricultural interventions worth P3 million in Olingan, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte.
A statement from SAAD showed that DA particularly distributed various agricultural inputs and machineries, including water pump – open source, hermitic cocoon, collapsible dryer case, shredder machine, rice thresher, and hand tractor.
The Farmer Associations (FAs) that received these interventiones were RG Macias FA (Sindangan), Titik Indigenous People Communal Irrigator and Upland FA (Sindangan), La Libertad FA (Gutalac), Matunoy FA (Gutalac), Sim Irrigators FA (Gutalac), San Isidro Lowland Rice FA (Gutalac), Sebod FA (Roxas), Nacibac Mountain Side FA (Leon B. Postigo), Lawigan FA (Labason), Gabu FA (Labason), Labukanan FA (Kalawit), La Libertad Agricultural Producers Association (La Libertad), Sitio Tuwayon FA (La Libertad), and Diwan Vegetable FA (Dipolog City).
The SAAD Program aims to help increase the income of poor farmers coming from the poorest provinces of the country, as part of the thrusts of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase food production and reduce poverty in the Philippines.
For its part, the aim of DA-SAAD Regional Field Office IX (RFO-IX) is to build basic agriculture activities for at least 130 communities.
“[SAAD] does not [just] give, [SAAD] is [also] trying to give capacities through trainings on organization and management, technologies, as well as values formation,” SAAD Provincial Coordinator Ronillo Dusaban said.
“We have to take care of the people who feed the nation,” he added.