SAAD distributes seeds, fertilizers to farmers in Bicol
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program, has distributed thousands of bags of rice and corn seeds as well as fertilizers to farmers in some of the provinces in Bicol region.
DA regional information officer Emily Bordado said in PNA report, which was cited by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, that they are committed to fulfill its mandate to implement a comprehensive strategy to provide livelihood opportunities for farmers and fisherfolk in the top ten poorest provinces in the country.
In Catanduanes, beneficiaries from the towns of Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Gigmoto, Panganiban, and San Miguel received various interventions.
“After the completion of series of trainings on Upland Rice Production, upland dwellers received one sacks rice seeds each along with complete fertilizer. The pre-selected beneficiaries are cultivating an average landholding of one hectare and other groups received packets of vegetable seeds which include okra, pechay, bush and pole sitao and ampalaya,” Bordado said in the report.
In Masbate, a total of 2,300 bags of upland rice, 1,270 bags of complete fertilizers and 430 bags corn seeds were distributed to the pre-selected beneficiaries from the municipalities of Esperanza, Balud, Pio V. Corpus and Mandaon.
As for Sorsogon, 550 bags of upland rice seeds were distributed to beneficiaries in the municipalities of Donsol, Pilar, Magallanes, Juban, Sta. Magdalena and Matnog.
SAAD is a locally-funded program of DA, which aims to help alleviate poverty among the marginalized sectors in agriculture and fishery.