Gov’t trains 100 SAAD beneficiaries in Sorsogon on upland rice production
A total of 100 farmer-beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agriculture Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Sorsogon had undergone training on Upland Rice Production as an initial intervention of the program.
Two batches were held for the said training.
The first batch of training was held in Dancalan, Donsol and was attended by 55 farmer-beneficiaries from the municipalities of Pilar (Barangays Calongay and Sta. Fe) and Donsol (Barangays Pinamanaan, Lourdes, and Malapoc).
45 farmer-beneficiaries from the municipalities of Juban (Barangays Calmayon, Putting Sapa, and Maalo) and Matnog (Barangay Senibaran) then attended the second batch of training.
Majority of the participants are beneficiaries of the 4Ps and some are members of indigenous people located in bypassed marginal communities.
More than 65 percent of the participants are housewives or female head of the family.
To be exact, the SAAD Program targets to expand upland rice production in Sorsogon by covering at least 30 hectares for each of the five municipalities (Magallanes, Pilar, Donsol, Sta. Magdalena and Juban) included in the program.
Department of Agriculture Regional Office Superintendent of Central Bicol Experiment Station (CBES) Corazon Orbon discussed the varieties of upland rice while Maricris Reforba of the Operations Division discussed rice pre and postharvest practices.
Cindie Pardo of Regional Crops Protection Center discussed Integrated Pest Management.
Aside from lectures, the participants had a workshop on farm planning and budgeting.
Meanwhile, a total of 200 individual beneficiaries were selected to receive upland rice seeds and complete fertilizers after their training. Four organized farmers’ groups will also receive rice threshers.