Piñol wants SAAD to have P1.7B budget next year
From having a budget of P721 million this year, Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program, which is one of the programs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) meant to alleviate poverty, will have as much as P1.72 billion in 2019, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
SAAD is a locally-funded program of the DA designed to help alleviate poverty among the marginalized sectors in agriculture and fishery.
Through this program, a total of 30 provinces will be given assistance in both agriculture and fisheries.
The SAAD Program is composed of two major components – the Social Preparation and the Livelihood Interventions. The Social Preparation will encompass the series of training (including needs assessments) in order to ensure readiness and empowerment of the SAAD beneficiaries in accepting and managing the interventions being provided by the program. Livelihood interventions, on the other hand, will entail livelihood projects to be given based on the assessed needs of the recipients.
For this year, SAAD targets the 10 poorest provinces of the country where the DA will deliver special interventions like livelihood projects — including duck raising, backyard chicken raising, native pig raising, goat raising, food processing, fish drying and packaging.
These provinces are Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Siquior, Southern Leyte, Leyte, Sulu, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, and Sultan Kudarat.
By 2022, SAAD targets to be the lead agricultural development program and resource mobilization service of the DA, a statement showed.