Samar banks on SAAD to improve agriculture sector
Local officials in Samar expressed high hopes that through Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), the province’s agriculture sector will thrive.
This was according to Samar Officer-In-Charge Provincial Agriculturist (OIC PA) Maria Gloria Borja and Samar Acting Provincial Veterinarian (PVet) Juliet Dayap, who were both optimistic that with SAAD’s assistance to farmers and livestock raisers, there will be a “360° turnaround” in farmers’ knowledge, skills, practices, and more importantly, increased income and productivity.
Borja said that choosing her province as recipient of the program is both an opportunity and responsibility to convert the province from a “sleeping dragon” to a new, productive, and progressive Samar with developed farmers embracing, imbibing, and enjoying modern, inclusive, market-oriented, and climate–resilient agricultural growth and development.
This sentiment was echoed by Dayap, who opined that the program brought pure joy to livestock farmers because of the grant assistance which could possibly be multiplied and rolled over to their fellow farmers.
Dayap envisions Samar to be taken off the list of top 10 poorest provinces in the country by 2022.
Moreover, the livestock raisers aside from being empowered should have by then developed their marketing and entrepreneurial skills, she added.