DA-SAAD turns-over agri inputs to Kalinga farmer groups

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, March 31 (PIA) - - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agriculture Development (DA-SAAD) recently turned over agricultural livelihood inputs to four  farmer organizations in the province  in  efforts to provide additional source of income to beneficiaries and attain food security especially this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Turned-over to the KASAKALIKASAN Farmers Association of Barangay Suyang,this city. were 800 head Muscovy ducks, 32 boxes vetracin, 1,050 pieces each of  lanzones and rambutan seedlings, 50 cans vegetable seeds, 83 bags layer feeds, and 66 bags grower feeds. The interventions are funded by DA-SAAD Program under FY 2020.

Similar inputs were also turned-over to three farmer associations in Tanudan. Released to Bawak Darulog Allubaggan Pagugo,  Pangol Farmers Improvement Organization, and Mabaca Bumaruan Farmers Association were 263 native goats, 239  does and 24  bucks. The goat production project worth Php 1,052,000.00 is funded by DA-SAAD Program under FY 2020.

(DA SAAD photo)

 The Provincial Office for Veterinary Services inspected and treated the goats with antibiotics and gave them vitamins prior to their release to the beneficiaries.  

Kalinga with a poverty incidence of 9.3 percent  (PSA, 2018) was included among the 30 poorest of the poor provinces in the country that the DA-SAAD Program seeks to alleviate. Implementation of SAAD projects started in the province in 2019 in 10 barangays. 

In a related development, Johnny Carillo, 67 years old from Macutay, Rizal and beneficiary of DA technology assistance, tools and equipment including a solar-powered irrigation system successfully established a diversified agriculture farm he named as “Green Valley Farm” with mango as his main crop.
He acquired certification of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) through the assistance of the DA  and the local government unit of Rizal, Kalinga in 2019. Being a GAP certified, it positively affects the quality of the mango considering that it is clean, safe, and is easy to market at a reasonable price.

Carillo  presently manages around 456 quality mango trees integrated with fish culture and rice farming.

The Green Valley Farm is registered to offer Agricultural Crop Production NC II course under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority program.

With  his countless accomplishment in life,  he shares  his experiences with fellow farmers in every opportunity possible. He is  being invited  as a  'knowledge-sharer' on mango production by  government and private institutions.(JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga with reports from DA-SAAD Kalinga) (Photos: DA-SAAD)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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