MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) delivered agricultural livelihood assistance worth P7.79M to benefit 11 municipalities of Lanao del Sur on July 17, 2018 during the Launching of the Farm Mechanization Recovery Assistance Program for Marawi City and the whole province.
DA Regional Field Office (RFO) 10 spearheaded the event held at Barangay Cadayunan II in Marawi City, with the presence of DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, DA Assistant Secretary Andrew Villacorta, SAAD Director Bernadette San Juan, and other DA officials.
SAAD farmer-partners from the municipalities of Bacolod Kalawi, Buadipuso Buntong, Calanogas, Kapatagan, Madalum, Madamba, Malabang, Marantao, Marogong, Pagayawan, and Tubaran received SAAD agricultural aid for livestock, rice, corn, and other crops.
For livestock assistance, farmers were given 1,200 heads of native chicken, 52 heads of goat, 57 heads of cattle, 10 heads of carabao, feeds, animal-drawn supplements, and vaccination vitamins.
Ten 10 units of a water pump, 308 units of knapsack sprayer, four units of mechanical corn sheller, assorted farming tools, and one unit each of power spray, grass cutter, floating tiller, hand tractor were also distributed.
Meanwhile, 539 bags of OPV corn seeds, 199 bags of inbred rice seeds, 120 bags of upland rice seeds, 90 tins of watermelon seeds, and assorted vegetable seeds were also awarded to SAAD farmers of Lanao del Sur.
Aside from the SAAD interventions, DA also brought in 2,689 bags of organic fertilizer and 1,679 bags of OPV corn seeds worth P3.23M as well as 46 farm tractors, 15 of which will be assigned in Marawi City and are already available to provide free services. These are part of DA’s commitment to assist in the rehabilitation and recovery of the city and the whole province.
The operation of the farm mechanization program will initially focus in the city with a target of 90 hectares for rice production and 1,314.14 hectares for corn production.
During the launching event, Sec Piñol operated a farm tractor, plowed the fields, and planted corn seeds to mark the start of the rising Marawi.
Sec Piñol, in his article, stated that private companies such as Pilmico ensured a market for the corn production of Marawi and Lanao del Sur farmers.
Also present at the event are Housing Czar and Marawi Rehabilitation Point Person Secretary Eduardo del Rosario and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra.
The five-month-long conflict in Marawi brought inactivity and lack of productivity in the land and other conflict-stricken areas in the province for the past few months. With the help of DA, Marawi and the province of Lanao del Sur will surely soon progress. ###
Writer: Jhomai Canlas, SAAD PR & Communications Officer