MAIMBUNG, SULU – In a meeting on 25 September 2019, Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan shared that he was impressed at the agricultural livelihood projects implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the province.
Governor Tan said to the SAAD Sulu team that the provincial local government office will craft a resolution for the continuation of SAAD’s implementation in the province through the DA instead of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
One proof of the SAAD Program’s impact in Sulu is the Chicken Layer Egg Production Project implemented at Barangays Laum Maimbung and Matatal in the municipality of Maimbung this June 2019.
The Bangsa Sug Farm Family Association with 30 SAAD beneficiaries and Matatal Egg Machine Association with 27 SAAD beneficiaries received the following inputs: a) 20 modules of egg machine (48 heads of chicken per module), b) two-month supply of feeds, c) 2,000 egg trays, d) 20 wheelbarrows, and e) a training program.
According to DA SAAD Region 9 Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Alejandre Cordova, the average production per day is at least 14 trays of eggs classified as medium, large, and extra-large.
Each association can earn at least Php 2,500 to Php 3,000 per day. Their savings were deposited at their bank accounts.
The mortality rate of the chickens is at 1.5% or seven (7) deaths out of 480. They died due to volvulus (a medical condition in the intestines), incidents, and snake attacks.
The farmers thanked the DA and said it is their first time to see government in action.
The Chicken Layer Egg Production Project of the province was also implemented in Parang, Talipao, and Panamao. ###
Writer: Jhomai Canlas, SAAD Public Relations and Communications Officer
Source: Alejandre Cordova, DA SAAD Region 9 Monitoring and Evaluation Officer