In the Municipality of Mutia, four associations with 168 women farmers received eight modules of egg machine each. One module consists of 48 heads of fully vaccinated 22-week old ready-to-lay pullets complete with cage, drinkers, and feeding trough.
The layer chicken production projects are implemented in Buena Suerte, Diland, New Land and New Siquijor. These villages are the most impoverished areas in Mutia town.
Mutia Mayor Arthur Tenorio said that he fully supports the livelihood projects for women. He said he is very optimistic that the project will increase family income as well as solve some nutrition concerns in the remote villages.
Tenorio also committed to providing the associations with the necessary training on business and financial management. He will also designate the local accountant’s office to train the group on basic auditing processes.
With strong support from the local government unit, the women sector will become a strong partner in community development. Soon, Mutia will become a key producer of fresh, clean and organic eggs that will support the school nutrition program being implemented by the Department of Education in the villages.
Salug, Leon B. Postigo, and Mutia are just a few municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte, where the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program has touched the lives of farmers.
It is evident that living with the farmers, and sharing with their hopes, joys, doubts, and fears, a difference can be made.
This is the SAAD way. The communities, the local government units, the academe, the civil society organizations, and the DA through its SAAD Program are one on a journey towards a better and brighter tomorrow. ###
Writer: Ronilo Dusaban, SAAD Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Coordinator
Lead Editor: Jhomai Canlas, SAAD PR & Communications Officer