SAAD trains farmers in Southern Leyte in corn and cassava production
Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) conducted six trainings on corn and cassava production in the province of Southern Leyte, enriching the minds of the farmer-beneficiaries from five municipalities – Bontoc, Malitbog, Tomas Oppu, Sogod, and Liloan.
Making sure that all beneficiaries are up-to-date with latest technology and planting strategies, SAAD Provincial Coordinator Jocelyn Cabañas said that they will still conduct training on-site for those who weren’t able to join the classroom training.
This, as only at least 80 percent of the total 360 beneficiaries attended the training due to financial and transportation issues.
Cabañas also stressed the importance of the training as she found out the wrong practices of the farmers, especially in planting cassava.
“They need to know the correct ratio of fertilizers to be applied to maximize the production potential of the soil and seeds,” she said.
Corn and cassava SAAD beneficiaries from Southern Leyte will receive cassava planting materials, open-pollinated variety and hybrid corn seeds, complete fertilizers, urea, and muriate of potash. Aside from that, machinery such as power tillers, multi cultivators, cassava shredders, and cassava spinners will be given to farmers’ organizations.
SAAD program implementers in Southern Leyte chose corn and cassava as their livelihood interventions due to high demand.
Cabañas said the farmer-beneficiaries will not have a hard time selling their farm produce since a feed mill, which was put up by the provincial government, is needing 1.2 metric tons of cassava and 80 metric tons of corn per day.
A processing plant for cassava chips and other delicacies is also on its way to completion.