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The Special Area for Agricultural Development Program’s news releases, including features and other articles, are produced and published daily by its Director, Deputy Director, as well as Public Relations and Communications Officers from the national and regional offices. Writers from the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Sections also contribute.

San Remigio rice farmers increase income twofold

About MAGVIBA rice farmers In the hinterlands of San Remigio, where development could hardly reach, a relatively small group of rice farmers sprung in Barangay Magdalena. Creating an inclusive group…

From farm to doorstep: SAAD farmer delivers fresh vegetables to customers

MASBATE, September 13, 2021 – A Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program vegetable production beneficiary now delivers fresh harvests to customers through a motorcycle bought…

Catanduanes farmers upskilled on rice production and enterprise development

CATANDUANES, September 14, 2021 – Fifty-six (56) rice farmers in Catanduanes underwent training on production and enterprise development under the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

Agta Tabangnon farmers from Sorsogon finish FFS under DA-SAAD

SORSOGON, September 10, 2021 – Thirty-two (32) farmers belonging to the Agta Tabangnon community in Brgy. Gimagaan, Donsol Sorsogon completed a season-long Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on Vegetable Production Technology…

Tongrayan IPs of Kalinga receive agri-inputs to establish local enterprises

KALINGA, September 10, 2021 – The Tongrayan Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Tinglayan, Kalinga were awarded Php 10,800,100 worth of agricultural projects as livelihood assistance aimed at establishing community-based enterprises from…

Bohol farmers venture into vegetable processing and value-adding

BOHOL, September 8, 2021 - Representatives of 9 farmers’ associations in Bohol and 9 trainers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in…

Sarangani fishers group earns Php 110K from open sea fishing

About the Purok Mabuhay Fisherfolk Association (PMFA) and Challenges In 2008, a group of 15 women in Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Datu Dani, Kiamba, Sarangani was organized to augment their husband’s…

Region 13 Abaca farmers achieve 55% sales increase thru SAAD-funded equipment

Location Talacogon, a 2nd class municipality, is considered the heart of Agusan del Sur. Surrounded by 8 municipalities and two adjacent cities, the town is advantageous for agricultural trade and…

In farming, age is just a number: Story of Pancrasio E. Cascas

Background Who says old age is weak and dull? Mr. Pancrasio E. Cascas, 72, still has exceptional farming skills and strength. At an early age, Tatay Lolong started helping his…

Panaon farmer earns Php 33K from Corn Production Project

Lino Ambag, a hardworking farmer in Panaon, Misamis Occidental, became a beneficiary of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in 2020. As one of the 200…

Coffee production and processing skills, 40 NegOcc farmers equipped

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, September 3, 2021 – On August 27 and September 1, 40 members of Menchaca, Malanog, Dolis Farmers’ Association (MMDFA) were equipped with knowledge in Coffee Production and Processing…

Sarangani farmers earn Php 29K from vegetable

SARANGANI, September 1, 2021 – The Lumigo-Cogon Farmer’s Association (LCFA) with 133 members from Glan, Sarangani accumulated Php 29,565 gross income from their vegetable production from January to August 2021.…

390 Bien Unido farmers granted with Php 3.8M worth livestock, crop production projects

BOHOL, September 1, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 distributed Php 3,850,219 worth of livestock and crop production intervention to…

SAAD proposes 2022 program implementation

QUEZON CITY, August 30, 2021 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) planned its last year of implementation, 2022. The SAAD national and…

SAAD Negros Oriental provides Php 1.4M cattle fattening project to farmers in Mabinay

NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 27, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 provided 30 cattle worth Php 33,000 each to Mabinay…

17 technicians set to train 300 SAAD farmers on carabao production

BOHOL, August 25, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 17 technicians to train 300 beneficiaries of the 2021 Integrated Carabao…

SAAD delivers inputs for 110 Apayao farmers’ chicken, egg venture

APAYAO, August 26, 2021 - Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program initially delivered 4,950 female free-range chickens to 110 farmers of the Sta. Maria, Allig,…

78 Buhid-Mangyan farmers receive hand tractors from SAAD

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 26, 2021 – Seventy-eight Buhid-Mangyan farmers in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro received Php 897,000 worth of hand tractors from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for…

SAAD farmer in Mt Province increases pig production by threefolds

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 23, 2021 - Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s Swine Production beneficiary Wilma Bodisen from Mountain Province increased her animal stocks…

DA-SAAD CAR awards 800 ducks to Apayao poultry raisers

APAYAO, August 24, 2021- The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) turned over 800 Muscovy ducks to 70 poultry…

SAAD distributes 800 free-range chickens to Sorsogon farmers

SORSOGON, August 24, 2021 – Fifty farmers in Sorsogon received Php 1,124,000 worth of poultry inputs from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program as…

FCA in Flora prosper as service providers

APAYAO, August 24, 2021- Tractor service providers in Apayao, who are beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, earned an accumulated gross profit…

Canlaon City farmers receive cattle raising project, meat processing training

NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 27, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental delivered 30 male cattle worth Php 875,000 to three…

60 Siquijor farmers receive human resource management, financial literacy training

SIQUIJOR, August 27, 2021- The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 7 conducted a four-day training on Human Resource Management and Financial…

Agusan del Sur farmers and fishers showcase livelihood to SAAD Director

AGUSAN DEL SUR, August 27, 2021— Two farmers and fisherfolk’s associations in Agusan del Sur showcased their abaca and tilapia production to Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Director…

SAAD Director visits poultry and milkfish culture projects in Surigao del Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, August 26, 2021— Program Director Myer G. Mula of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), along with the regional implementers from the Department of Agriculture (DA)…

National Program Director meets with Regional Implementers in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, August 26, 2021—Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Director Myer G. Mula joined the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to…

20 Apayao farmers to make salted egg, balut from duck production

APAYAO, August 25, 2021 - Twenty members of the Sta. Maria, Allig, Malayugan, Mallig, Balluyan (SAMMBA) Farmers Association (FA) in Flora, Apayao will produce salted egg and balut as the…

DA-SAAD launches school for swine production in Balbalan, Kalinga

KALINGA, August 25, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program launched a Farmer Livestock School in Balbalan, Kalinga for 90 swine raisers in support of the Department…

IP farmers in Pinukpuk, Kalinga educated on carabao management

KALINGA, August 24, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Kalinga, in partnership with the municipal local government unit (LGU) of Pinukpuk,…

OccMin farmers join SAAD’s organizational management training

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 23, 2021 - Twenty-five (25) beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program from Occidental Mindoro participated in the two-day Technical Training on Organizational Management.…

SAAD aids Apayao farmers with fruit trees and peanut livelihood

APAYAO, August 25, 2021 - The Nagbabalayan Farmers and Fisherfolks Association (NFFA) in Kabugao, Apayao received the first set of inputs of the Integrated Fruit Trees and Peanut Project from…

Godod FAs receive Php 1M worth inputs, machinery for rice, vegetable production

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 20, 2021 - Regional Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño of the Department of Agriculture-Region 9 led the turnover of agricultural inputs and farm machinery worth Php…

Apayao beneficiaries earn Php 1.9M as machine service provider

APAYAO, August 19, 2021- The Malekkeg, Emiliana, San Carlos, San Antonio (MESS) Farmers Association (FA) in Sta. Marcela, Apayao registered a gross income of more than Php 1.9 million as…

SAAD Region 8 delivers layer chicken production inputs to 7 FAs

TACLOBAN CITY, August 23, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (SAAD) in Region 8 delivered Php 8 million worth of Layer Chicken…

SAAD jumpstarts backyard cattle raising in Negros Oriental

NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 16, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program alloted Php 3.4 million worth of inputs for Cattle Fattening Project for…

4 Antique FAs earn Php 48K within a month from egg production

Four farmer’s associations (FA) in Valderrama, Antique are claiming high hopes of prosperity after their first bountiful egg harvest earning Php 48,117 from July 10 to August 13. The livelihood…

Fisherfolk in Mt. Province eyes loach production

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 19, 2021 - Beneficiaries of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Special Area for Agricultural Development (BFAR-SAAD) Program harvested 40 kilograms of cultured Japanese Weather…

Sweet Corn Project made Gilbert daughters finish college

Through the years, Gilbert Villamonte, 53, has been farming vegetables and corn in his 2-hectare land. With his small earnings from his cropland, he managed to sustain the needs of…

Region 9 holds Basic Financial Management Training for Trainers

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 16, 2021- The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 9 conducted a Training-of-Trainers (TOT) on community-based financial…

Fisherfolk groups granted with projects, training on lobster, tilapia culture

SURIGAO DEL SUR, August 16, 2021- The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources provided interventions to an Indigenous People (IP) group…

SAAD ZDN group expands layer chicken production using earnings

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 16, 2021- The Litolet Consumers Cooperative (LICONCO) (25 members) in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte purchased 12 modules (576 head) of layer chickens to replenish the interventions…

BFAR SAAD-Region 4B distributes tilapia fingerlings to Occ Min fishers

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 11, 2021 - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Special Area for Agricultural Development (BFAR-SAAD) Program in MIMAROPA turned over 33,000 pieces (pc) of tilapia…

SAAD’s 2021 Mid-year Accomplishment Report

SUBIC, August 16, 2021 – To evaluate the mid-year performance of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for 2021, the national office hosted…

SAAD proposes community participation procurement toward participatory governance

SUBIC, August 13, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will craft procurement guidelines to adopt community participation in buying goods…

Woman farmer earns Php 52K from chicken production project

A farmer and a housewife with four kids, Annaliza Dibaratun, attested she is now earning an average of Php 6,000 monthly from selling eggs, two years after she received the…

24 Alamada farmers bag Php 1.5M income from corn harvest

COTABATO, August 11, 2021 – Twenty-four members of the 993 Farmers Association from Barangay Guiling, Alamada, Cotabato earned Php 1,597,904.20 million net income after harvesting 2,105 bags or 134,172 kilograms…

Understanding the `Mandanas Ruling´: Implication to the SAAD Program

BAGUIO CITY, August 5, 2021 - Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Deputy Director Ulysses Lustria, Jr. discussed the program’s possible exemption from the Mandanas…

25 Higaonon farmers from Iligan receive inputs for SAAD’s tilapia production

LANAO DEL NORTE, August 11, 2021 – Twenty-five Higaonon farmers in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte received Php 200,000 worth of inputs for Tilapia Culture in Pond Project of the…

NPMO-SAAD completes RBMERA in three Samar provinces

QUEZON CITY, August 10, 2021- The National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) completed its Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Rapid Appraisal (RBMERA) activity in…

SAAD Bohol equips trainers on vegetable, calamansi production, organic farming

BOHOL, August 10, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 22 technicians to train 1,050 recipients of the Calamansi Production, Vermicomposting…

DA-SAAD in partnership with LGU Sulu extends its implementation in Omar

SULU, August 9, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 9 included Omar to its target areas of implementation in 2021. “Through…

Sweet Corn production: Jessie’s livelihood enterprise through social media marketing strategy

Jessie Doromal, 54, has been a farmer since childhood in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte. “I am originally from Dapitan City, but when I married my wife, we decided to move…

Neg Occ couple earns extra income from growing veggies through SAAD project

Going into vegetable production is a rewarding yet challenging venture to take. Farmers could easily go out of business if the weather suddenly changes, or if the market price of…

SAAD conducts technical training on layer chicken in ZDN

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 9, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a technical training on Layer Chicken Raising for Concepcion Pangkabuhayan…

Southern Leyte fisher enjoys bountiful milkfish harvest from SAAD

SOUTHERN LEYTE, August 9, 2021 - Reaping the product of her hard work and dedication in Milkfish (bangus) Culture in Cage Farming, Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) beneficiary Jeaniver…

11 SAAD Siquijor groups receive additional support to dragon fruit and corn production projects

SIQUIJOR, August 9, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) program Region 7 turned over 50 units of 20-kilogram (kg) capacity weighing scales worth…

SAAD National Director visits SAAD farmers in North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO, August 3, 2021 – To determine whether the projects implemented are on track toward the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s goals, Director Myer Mula visited four…

SAAD partners with BAFS to introduce PGS linked to organic farming

SOUTH COTABATO, August 4, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program partnered with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) in introducing…

Sagada women lead SAAD swine raising project towards enterprise

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 02, 2021 - As the all-women farmer-group Ankileng Rumang-ayan Organization (ARO) in Mountain Province led the swine raising initiated by the Department of Agriculture - Special Area…

SAAD youth beneficiary invents improvised incubator for brown egg production

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE,  August 5, 2021 - Twenty-four-year-old Jomarie Pacpacong, an electronics graduate of the Baguio College of Technology (BCT) of Leseb, Bauko in Mountain Province, invented an improvised incubator for…

SAAD Program continues to uplift lives through agri-inputs to expansion areas

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 5, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) reassured its commitment to alleviate poverty among…

Provision of 100 goats to start local production in Sorsogon

SORSOGON, August 5, 2021 - Sorsogon farmers received 100 goats from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural (DA-SAAD) Program as a boot-up input for livestock production in…

90 Kalinga swine raisers receive coaching on farm biosecurity

KALINGA, August 5, 2021 – Ninety swine raisers from 9 farmers’ cooperatives and associations of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Kalinga received…

Feeding communities, engaging farmers into agricultural enterprise

BAGUIO CITY, August 5, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) ups its quest to not…

Mangyan FAs receive postharvest equipment from SAAD

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 5, 2021 - Four Ratagnon-Mangyan farmers’ associations (FAs) from Magsaysay received equipment from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program to help…

National Program Director urges SAAD Region 11 to focus on enterprise development

DAVAO DE ORO, August 4, 2021 - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Director Myer Mula urged Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 11 to equip existing group beneficiaries with enterprise…

Tangub City fisherfolk receive Php 1.87M worth of fishery livelihood project from SAAD

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, July 28, 2021 – In an effort to augment postharvest losses and increase the income of San Apolinario’s fisherfolk in Tangub City, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources…

SAAD Siquijor farmer’s dragon fruit sold out at Kadiwa Market Day

SIQUIJOR, July 21, 2021- Mr. Glen Maghanoy, a Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program beneficiary, sold 27.5 kilograms (kg) of dragon fruit worth Php 2,200…

120 Bohol fishers earn Php 800k from SAAD’s oyster, seaweeds culture projects

BOHOL, July 22, 2021 - A total of 120 fishers from Calape, Buenavista, and Talibon in Bohol earned a combined income of Php 863,522 from the Special Area for Agricultural…

BFAR Caraga trains SAAD recipients on Tilapia Culture in Bamboo Cage

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 23, 2021- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Caraga (BFAR 13) conducted a 3-day technical training on fish cage aquaculture for two Special Area for Agricultural…

Hog raiser in Linamon, LDN earns Php 39K from Swine Production Project

A mother of two and wife of a farmer, Nerissa G. Gepitulan, from Linamon, Lanao del Norte (LDN) earned more than Php 39,000 from selling swine, a livelihood provided by…

Buhid-Hanunuo Mangyan cassava producers receive 35 draft carabaos from SAAD Program

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 3, 2021 – Two indigenous Mangyan farmers’ associations (FA) in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro received the first set of caraheifer (female carabaos) comprising 35 heads from the…

Tigunhao’s all-women farmers group earns Php 24K from SAAD’s egg production project

BACKGROUND  Laua-an is a 4th class municipality in Antique at about 55.10 kilometers away from the province’s main commercial center – San Jose.  Farming is the major occupation in Laua-an and fishing is…

280 units SAAD livelihood projects benefit 540 indigenous Kalinga fisherfolk

KALINGA, July 23, 2021 – Through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, 280 units of pond culture livelihood packages were…

Season-long FFS launched in Catanduanes for women SAAD farmers

CATANDUANES, July 26, 2021 - Two women-led farmers’ associations under the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program are set to participate in the season-long…

Mother of 4 earns Php 33k from SAAD swine production

SORSOGON, July 23, 2021 – Jenelita Alisoso, a mother of four in Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon, earned Php 33,300 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development…

SAAD vegetable production project, a lifeline for Masbate couple

MASBATE, July 30, 2021 – A couple in Masbate found extra income and access to fresh, nutritious food as they engage in the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for…

Aloran farmer earns Php 45k from vegetable production

Alejandro Quimno, 42, has been planting vegetables for the past four years in his 1,250 square meters’ land. He and his wife were from Zamboanga del Sur and some time…

SAAD 11 distributes 80 upgraded goats to farmers in ELCAC areas

DAVAO DE ORO, July 23, 2021 - Eighty (80) members from two farmers’ associations (FAs) received 80 upgraded goats from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Region 11 to…

Cassava training conducted to increase yield of 60 IP farmers

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, July 16, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a 4-day cassava production and marketing training for 60 indigenous people…

OccMin IP farmers receive cassava granulator from SAAD

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, July 16, 2021 – Twenty-three Ratagnon-Mangyan cassava producers of Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro received a Php 220,000-worth of cassava granulator from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for…

30 ZDN farmers receive SAAD’s cattle raising project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, July 15, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 9 delivered 30 heifers worth Php 1,339,260 to the SAAD…

SAAD to establish free-range chicken multiplier farms in 17 NorMin towns

NORTHERN MINDANAO, July 15, 2021 – As the agriculture sector plays vital part in the nation’s recovery from the effects of the CoViD-19 pandemic, the Special for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Catanduanes rice farmers harvest 82.35mt palay for the first cropping season

CATANDUANES, July 14, 2021 – Catanduanes farmers harvested 82.35 metric tons (mt) of rice in their first cropping season of the year after months of agricultural rehabilitation through the assistance…

SAAD Program in Kalinga backed by LGU

KALINGA, July 14, 2021 – In line with the multi-sectoral development approach, Kalinga provincial government leaders renewed support for the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

BFAR-CAR capacitates Kalinga beneficiaries on entrepreneurship, values formation

KALINGA, July 9, 2021 – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) capacitated fisherfolk, farmers, and youth group beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural…

HDPRC recognizes SAAD at Pre-SONA Forum 2021

QUEZON CITY, July 14, 2020 - The Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) recognized the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) during…

LDN fisherfolk earns Php 162K from tilapia culture

LANAO DEL NORTE, July 12, 2021 – The Pandanan Fisherfolk Association from Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte earned Php 162,000 from selling 2,103 kilograms (kg) tilapia on July 7…

Buhid Mangyan farmers receive Php 2.3M worth of farm machinery

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, July 7, 2021 – Over 200 Buhid Mangyan Indigenous People (IP) from four farmers’ associations were granted machinery by the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for…

Sarangani fishers earn Php 28K from capture fishing

SARANGANI, July 7, 2021 – The Alabel Deputized Fish Warden Association (ADFWA) earned Php 28,211 in less than two months from the FY 2019 Capture Fishing Project of the Special…

Over a thousand additional SAAD beneficiaries complete 2021 social preparation activities

KALINGA, July 04, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Kalinga completed its social preparation activities for 14 expansion barangays for 2021 covering a…

55 women swine raisers in Abra de Ilog accentuate tocino and longganisa processing

ABRA DE ILOG, July 04, 2021 – Two swine raisers associations from Abra de Ilog learned pork tocino and longganisa processing from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area…

DA-SAAD Caraga reviews midyear accomplishments, focuses on enterprise management

BUTUAN CITY, June 30, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Caraga Region’s (DA-Caraga) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program is undergoing its enterprise management phase in 2021, after establishing…

50 Midsayap farmers receive pinakbet seeds from SAAD

COTABATO, July 5, 2021 – The Midsayap Farmers Federation with 50 members received Php 195,275 worth of farm inputs which is part of the Php 697,702 Integrated Upland Rice Production…

Farmer from Valderrama, Antique earns from organic eggplant production

ANTIQUE, July 2, 2021 - Elmer Roquero, a beneficiary of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of. Agriculture (DA) in Barangay Tigmamale, Valderrama in Antique…

14 Dabawenyo FAs benefit from SAAD 11’s chicken project

DAVAO DE ORO, July 6, 2021 - Fourteen (14) farmers’ associations (FAs) with 1,389 members from 9 municipalities of Davao de Oro each received 240 upgraded chickens from the Special…

BFAR-SAAD allots Php 11M for fishery projects on its final year of implementation in Bohol

CEBU, July 1, 2021- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Region 7 (BFAR 7) earmarked over Php 11 million worth of fishery livelihood projects in 2021 for the…

Luna, Apayao’s booming sheep production

APAYAO, June 29, 2021 – Sheep production is booming in Luna, Apayao as the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program supported the livestock industry through…

Farmer Livestock School (FLS) for Swine Production launches in CAR

KALINGA, June 29, 2021 – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Community and Project Development Officers from Cordillera received a two-day training to set standards in…

High-value crops farmers at the forefront of community food security initiatives

CATANDUANES, July 02, 2021 – The beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for High-Value Crops (HVC) production in Catanduanes remain steadfast…

SAAD trains 30 technicians to assist 300 sweet potato, banana farmers

BOHOL, June 25, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 30 technicians to train 300 farmers on Sweet Potato-Banana Production…

Tatay Edwin’s flight: From overcoming the odds toward a successful life

Just a kilometer away from barangay Salimpuno road in Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental lives corn farmer Edwin Calapiz, Sr. At the age of three, Edwin lost both of his parents…

DA-SAAD Region 7 targets 90% obligation by 3rd quarter

CEBU CITY, June 28, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 7 targeted to fulfill 90% obligation by the 3rd…

SAAD farmers in ZDN to establish a communal vegetable garden

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, June 25, 2021 - To increase vegetable production in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte, the Teresita Farmers Association (FA) will establish a communal vegetable farm in their 1…

SAAD OccMin association prepares for chicken production expansion

PALUAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, June 26, 2021 - The Paluenos Chicken Laying Farmers Association (PaCLayFA) prepared for another wave of Ready-to-Lay (RTL) Chicken Production from the Department of Agriculture – Special…

52nd Engineer Brigade, Phil Army gets free-range chickens from DA-SAAD

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 25, 2021 – The 52nd Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army (PA) received 50 free-range chickens from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department…

Brick by brick, building dreams with SAAD: Anne Sacro’s story

APAYAO, June 25, 2021 – Vegetable Production Project beneficiary, Anne Sacro, having built her own house through farming, inspires Iyapayao farmers to persevere and stay determined while cultivating state-sponsored agricultural…

SAAD farmer establishes fish and swine production through vegetable farming earnings

APAYAO, June 24, 2021 - Fifty-one-year-old Maxima Camayang established her fishery and piggery business after earning from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s…

Independent egg production in Leseb, aids access to food and nutrition sufficiency

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, JUNE 25, 2021 - Brown egg producers in Barangay Leseb in Bauko, Mountain Province found added income by raising chickens in their backyards, bankrolled by the Department of…

Ilomavis FA earns Php 10k from egg production

KIDAPAWAN, NORTH COTABATO, June 25, 2021 – In a field monitoring activity conducted by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on June…

CLSU to assess SAAD’s social preparation and enterprise development activities

QUEZON CITY, June 24, 2021 – The Central Luzon State University (CLSU) will evaluate the social preparation activities of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development…

BFAR-SAAD turns over 81,700 tilapia fry to Surigao del Sur fisherfolk

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 17, 2021- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (BFAR-SAAD) in Caraga distributed 81,700 tilapia fry (newly hatched tilapia)…

SAAD equips 20 technicians to train 300 Boholano farmers on intercropping

BOHOL, June 22, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 20 technicians to train 300 beneficiaries of the Corn-Peanut Production…

Gutalac farmer in ZDN expects to harvest a ton of corn

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, June 21, 2021 - Sto. Niño Farmers Association president Roni Suma from Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte expects to harvest 750-1,000 kilograms (kg) of open pollinated variety (OPV)…

Itik egg production thrives in Tabuk City, Kalinga

KALINGA, June 8, 2021 - The Kasakalikasan Farmers Organization (KFO) with 156 members gained Php 19,000 in five months of their duck production project from the Department of Agriculture -…

DA-SAAD National Program Director turned over projects to FAs in Bicol

PILAR, SORSOGON, June 18, 2021 – “Substantial food on their tables, and the farmers are already organized and some even started on their value-adding enterprises.” This is how Dr. Myer…

15 SOFA members in Leyte trained on peanut and poultry farming

LEYTE, June 7, 2021 – The 15 beneficiaries of Sitio Olongline Farmers' Association (SOFA) from Barangay Tahud, Inopacan, Leyte took part in the peanut and chicken production training of the…

SAAD Sulu farmer harvests 2,500 squash worth Php 125K

SULU, June 9, 2021- Forty-six-year-old farmer Lasah Idan from barangay Tubod, Talipao harvested 2,500 pieces of squash worth Php 125,000 through the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural…

DA-SAAD NorMin kickstarts chicken multiplier farms in Bukidnon

BUKIDNON, June 14, 2021 – To continue the support to CoViD-19 response in Northern Mindanao, 2,878 free-range chickens (539 males and 2,339 female) worth Php 2.3 million were delivered to…

Strengthening community-based development, SAAD launches guidebook

QUEZON CITY, June 14, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program launched a guidebook to strengthen its community-based development approach for the…

SAAD Bohol farmers earn from their communal garden amid pandemic

A Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program-assisted group of 45 farmers established a flourishing communal vegetable garden in Mabini, Bohol. In 2020, the Paraiso Pagtinabangay Farmers Association (PPFA) was…

Neg Occ fisherfolk-turned-farmers instill a customer-oriented mentality earned Php 14,367.50 from SAAD’s poultry project

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, June 10, 2021 - Lipat-on Integrated Small Fisherfolks’ Association (LISFA) earned its first poultry produce from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture…

Siquijor farmers take a step towards agripreneurship

SIQUIJOR, June 1, 2021- Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agriculture Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s Corn-Peanut Production beneficiaries sold all their fresh and processed products at the Province of Siquijor…

DA-SAAD Davao de Oro distributes upgraded native chickens to GIDA farmers

DAVAO DE ORO, June 4, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program distributed 240 upgraded native chickens to 28 Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA)…

90 Matigsalug IP members receive free-range chickens and vegetable seeds from DA-SAAD

BUKIDNON, May 31, 2021 - Amid heavy rain, the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) in partnership with the High-Value Crops Development (HVCD) Program delivered free-range chickens and…

SAAD Siquijor fishers earn Php 167K from bangus project

SIQUIJOR, May 26, 2021- Through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s FY 2020 Milkfish (Bangus) Culture Project, the Tinago Farmers and Fisherfolk Association sold 1,200 kilograms bangus worth…

SAAD association in Apayao calls for greener prosperity; providing health care to famished children

APAYAO, June 02, 2021 - In the concept of Fundamental Cause Theory of Health Disparities studied by Link and Phelan (1995), socioeconomic status (SES) is defined as an array of…

Bugasong: the new SAAD beneficiary to get Php 4.9M worth of agri-projects

ANTIQUE, May 30, 2021 - Bugasong, a third-class municipality in Antique, is now a priority area of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).…

Four fisherfolk cooperatives in LDN earn more than Php 3M from bangus production

LANAO DEL NORTE, June 5, 2021 – In simultaneous fish harvests in April and May, four fisherfolk cooperatives in Lala, Tubod, Kulambogan, and Baroy earned Php 3,032,480 after selling 22.77 tons…

11-day validation sets SAAD CAR implementation standards

BAGUIO CITY, May 28, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) conducted pilot validation and monitoring for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in Apayao,…

SAAD fishers relearn proper feeding of cultured bangus

SIQUIJOR, May 26, 2021- To reduce wastage of fish feeds, several fisherfolk and 18 recipients of the FY 2020 Milkfish (Bangus) Culture in Fish Pens or Cages funded by the…

Two FCAs in Samar receive almost 2,000 chickens and vegetable seeds

SAMAR, May 28, 2021 – Two farmer cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Pinacbadao, Samar received 1,920 ready-to-lay (RTL) chickens from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the…

DA-SAAD livelihood ensures food security to the Manobos in Surigao del Sur

Twenty-eight kilometers away from Carmen-proper, Sitio Tabinas is a far-flung community that is accessible only through a motorcycle. For the Manobo residents who are accustomed to such difficulty, passing through…

Swine production flourishes in Balbalan, providing association Php 400K earnings

KALINGA, May 31, 2021 – Balbalan, Kalinga farmers earned Php 405,113 from the 135 hogs produced under the Swine Production Sub-project of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for…

OccMin wrap-up Farmers and Fisherfolk Month through a community pantry and feeding program

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 31, 2021 – Iraya-Mangyan beneficiaries received food packs through the Handog-Tulong Pasasalamat para sa mga Magsasakang Katutubo community pantry of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area…

DA-SAAD ZDN partners with Baliguian LGU in providing the 30 women IPs livelihood

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 28, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided a Php 1.39 million worth of egg production livelihood to the…

Antique farmers hopeful on SAAD’s goat production project

ANTIQUE, May 20, 2021 – Four farmers’ associations in San Remigio, Antique received goats from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) -…

42 members of KSFA will benefit from SAAD Mobile Corn Mill

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, May 27, 2021 - Forty-two (42) members of Kanao-kanao Small Farmers Association (KSFA) received a unit of Mobile Corn Mill from SAAD Program FY 2020 at Bonifacio, Misamis…

MisOcc farmers to receive strawberry production interventions from SAAD

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, May 26 2021 – Forty-five farmers in Don Victoriano are set to receive from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s Strawberry Production Project this…

50 recipients of the chicken egg production project in Siquijor undergo training

SIQUIJOR, May 28, 2021- Through the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Provincial Agriculture Technology Coordinating Office (PATCO) in Siquijor, 50 farmers gained knowledge on technology and management skills to prepare…

156 Toboso farmers undergo corn pedagogy

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, May 10, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas trained 156 farmers from Toboso, Negros Occidental.…

Php 14.1M agricultural inputs provided to Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat 29 FAs

SOCCSKSARGEN, May 6, 2021 – To guarantee that every Filipino family will have sufficient food on their table, the two provinces in Region 12 covered by the Department of Agriculture…

Catanduanes farmers maximize DA-SAAD vegetable project opportunities through food processing

CATANDUANES, MAY 5, 2021 - High-Value Crops (HVC) Project beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program earned additional income from selling value-added…

DA-SAAD flourishing poultry farming in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 18, 2021 – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program takes advantage of the constant demand for poultry products (particularly chicken meat and…

Farmers and Fishers: the stalwart sectors

Farmers and fishers, our country’s traditional backbone, should be given the most importance with or without this global pandemic. Many have pointed out that these two sectors are overlooked, which…

Siayan farmers receive banana production inputs worth Php 1M

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 19, 2021 - Forty farmers from Siayan received 4,000 banana plantlets and inputs worth Php 1,163,020 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for…

DA-SAAD turns over Php 10.7M to boost poultry and livestock in Siquijor

SIQUIJOR, May 18, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 turned over Php 10.7 million to the provincial local government unit…

12,000 layer chickens for DA-SAAD ZaNorte FCs and FAs

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 14, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 9 delivered 266 modules (48 chickens per module) or…

Masbate project emerging as veggie-hub of the community

MASBATE, May 11, 2021– Being a vegetable farmer for a long time, 41-year-old Mr. Jonathan B. Gemino from Barangay San Pedro is very thankful to the Department of Agriculture (DA)…

Bayabas fishers venture into SAAD-funded chicken and peanut production

SURIGAO DEL SUR, May 6, 2021 — Thirty-one farmers in Bayabas ventured into native chicken and peanut production projects funded under Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 through the Department of Agriculture…

SAAD Leyte farmers venture in banana production

LEYTE, April 29, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned over 1,200 banana suckers of Lakatan variety worth Php 57,600 under FY…

Farmers in Samar join “Tabo in the City. Pa–Merkado” agricultural festival

SAMAR, May 02, 2021 – Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program farmers’ associations joined a provincial-wide agricultural festival in Samar showcasing their agricultural produce in…

Tapping the Youth: A contributory towards agricultural development in Occ Min

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 04, 2021 - Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Director Myer G. Mula’s visit to Occidental Mindoro highlights the success of associations and…

SAAD Catanduanes vegetable gardens, a potential gold mine

CATANDUANES, April 26, 2021 -  The  Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program vegetable growers of Catanduanes seem to have found gold in their communal gardens…

Swine raisers in SAAD-Samar equipped for project implementation

SAN SEBASTIAN, SAMAR, May 5, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 8 equipped the members of the San Sebastian Swine…

SAAD 11 partners with ATI in conducting extension delivery system training for area coordinators

DAVAO ORIENTAL, April 30, 2021 - Area coordinators of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) in Region 11 received training on extension delivery services to strengthen their fundamental skills…

SAAD NorMin grants multi-crops drying pavements to Bukidnon farmers

BUKIDNON, April 30, 2021 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region 10 turned over three units of Multi-Crops Drying Pavement…

MP project implementers undergo refresher on program implementation

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, May 4, 2021 - As the program comes to a few steps closer to being granted an extension, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development…

DA-SAAD preps Samar farmers’ associations before project turnover

SAMAR, May 4, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Samar kicked off its Community Needs Assessment and Capability Building…

Bohol fisherfolk earn Php 117K worth from bangus project

BOHOL, April 29, 2021 - Twenty-eight fishers of Maribojoc Coastal Barangay Law Enforcers earned Php 117,000 from bangus harvest through the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development…

HIDRA journey: from food sufficiency to entrepreneurship

WESTERN SAMAR, April 18, 2021 - Poultry and livestock livelihood interventions from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) continue to uplift the lives of 40…

CASWIMBA earns Php 76k from tilapia production

CABANGLASAN, BUKIDNON, April 23, 2021 – Cabanglasan Farmer’s Small Water Irrigation System Association Inc., (CASWIMBA) harvested 762 kilograms (kg) of tilapia sold at Php 100/kg, giving the group an income…

400k fingerlings distributed to 946 Mountain Province fisherfolk

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, April 27, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program distributed 366,000 tilapia fingerlings and 70,400 hito fingerlings to 946 fisherfolk in the municipalities…

Official visit in Magsaysay, Occ Min; a microcosm of whole-of-nation approach

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 23, 2021 - Completing the series of project monitoring activities in Occidental Mindoro, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program team’s last…

Empowering fishers, uplifting communities on the coast of Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 23, 2021 - Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Director Myer G. Mula sat down with Santa Cruz fishers…

DA and BFAR converge, shaping Paluan farmers and fishers to become agripreneurs

PALUAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 22, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

Siayan farmers earn Php 26,560 in 4 days through SAAD’s Layer Chicken Raising Project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 21, 2021- The Litolet Consumers Cooperative (LICONCO) earned Php 26,560 by selling 124 trays of eggs produced from the Layer Chicken Raising Project of the Department…

Abra de Ilog SAAD farmers’ set outstanding share in participatory development in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 22, 2021 - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Director Myer G. Mula of the Department of Agriculture (DA) visited Barangay Balao, Abra de Ilog as soon…

SAAD group’s egg production, a booming enterprise in Magsaysay, OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 16, 2021 – Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s community-based poultry project in Magsaysay flourishes, providing steady income for the Poultry Calawag…

Chicken Multiplier Farm pilots in Kalinga

KALINGA, April 6, 2021 - The Bawak Darulog Allubaggan Pagugo Farmers Organization (BDAP FO) of Tanudan, Kalinga receives a startup livelihood enterprise through the establishment of Free-range Chicken Multiplier Farm…

Surigao del Sur fishers harvest Php 140K worth bangus through SAAD project

SURIGAO DEL SUR, April 16, 2021 - Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Gata (United Fishers of Gata) with 19 members in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur harvested Php 140,831.25 worth of milkfish…

Piñan farmers receive Php 217K worth corn inputs for 40ha

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 21, 2021- Forty-three members of the Dionum Achievers’ Farmers Association (FA) received Php 217,200 worth of inputs under the FY 2021 Corn Production Project of the…

Bayugan City gears for aquaculture production through SAAD Program

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 15, 2021 - Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis led the stocking of tilapia fingerlings in the ponds of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural…

7 Sulu farmers enjoy the fruit of their labor in the first year of banana harvest

“We’re so happy and blessed because of SAAD’s support in our community”, Josefa “Ippang” Arman Sali said as she proudly showed her new goat which she bought through her earnings…

KADIWA ni Ani at Kita: an enabling environment for women micro-entrepreneurs

LEYTE– The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 8 actively participated in the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita: A Gardening & Fresh…

Agusan Radio features DA-SAAD Program for the fishery sector

QUEZON CITY, April 8, 2021- DXGP 89.7 Agusan Radio featured the fishery sector of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Kalambuan sa Pangisdaan’s…

Ypangol subtribe in Kalinga granted with Php 1M goat production project

KALINGA, March 26, 2021 – Three Ypangol subtribe farmers’ associations in Tanudan received 263 native goats (239 does, 24 bucks) worth Php 1,052,000 from the Special Area for Agricultural Development…

BFAR-SAAD uplift lives of 35 bangus producers in Bohol

“Dako kaayo ang tabang nga nahatag sa SAAD sa among organisayon, sa among matag pamilya, ug sa matag adlaw nga panginabuhi,” said Gultiano Gonzalo who now leads the Badiang Fishermen’s…

75 Caotit farmers receive intervention for brown egg production

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, March 25, 2021- The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) turned over agricultural support worth Php 2.3 million for 75 farmers in Sitio Caotit, Guenzadan…

Dabawenyo GIDA farmer earns Php 14k from OPV corn

About Kibaguio Kibaguio is a special barangay under barangay Langtud in Laak, Davao de Oro which belongs to the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). Special barangays are communities added…

Agri-livelihood rehabilitation efforts for SAAD farmers in Catanduanes continue

CATANDUANES, March 15, 2021 - Rice farmers associations (FA) and livestock beneficiaries in Catanduanes of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program continues to…

Sweet outcomes of a bitter fruit: backyard cultivation in Matnog

MATNOG, SORSOGON, March 15, 2021 – A 30-year-old housewife turned farmer, Mrs. Jellyn Bitara, is truly thankful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD)…

Rural women-led communal gardening in celebration of National Women’s Month

APAYAO, March 29, 2021 - In celebration of Women’s Month, 56 rural farmers from Poblacion, Imelda, Alem, San Luis (PIAS) Farmer Association (FA) of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Php 9.6M worth of fertilizers fully delivered to 52 groups in ZDN to cover 628ha cropland

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, March 25, 2021- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 9 completed the delivery of Php 9,661,823.20 worth of fertilizers…

DA-SAAD Caraga strengthens beneficiaries’ marketing competencies

BUTUAN CITY, March 22, 2021- Essential for their agri-entrepreneurial activities, the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided training on marketing to 29 farmers' groups in…

DA-SAAD CAR grants Dekalb pullets to 7 Sagada farmers

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, March 17, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program provided Php 175,000 worth of 350 head Dekalb brown chicken…

Iraya-Mangyan farmers earn Php 160,276 from cassava production

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, March 19, 2021 – Seventy-three (73) Iraya-Mangyan Indigenous People (IP) farmers in Paluan now supplies to a giant corporation for its cassava requirements. The Iraya-Mangyan IP farmers of…

Goat Production Project aims to increase IPs livelihood in ELCAC areas of Occ Min

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, March 17, 2021 – Indigenous People (IP) farmers from the Buhid and Hanunuo-Mangyan communities, both identified End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) areas, received a goat production package…

SAAD joins DA’s fight against ASF: Repopulation worth Php 85.3M

QUEZON CITY, March 24, 2021 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program joins Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar’s call for a united effort to combat threats…

As-Salaam Farmers Group earns Php 35K from poultry production

MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR, March 22, 2021 – Two months after receiving the Php 699,833 worth of ready-to-lay chicken from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program…

SAAD-led community development: radiating malasakit sa kapwa 

APAYAO, March 21, 2021 – Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus pertains to the socially and culturally acquired experiences which unconsciously structure actors’ dispositions and practices in the social field. Following…

Fruit trees and duck production projects awarded to three associations in Kalinga

KALINGA, March 12, 2021 - Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided fruit trees and duck production interventions to three farmers’ associations (FA) in Kalinga…

DA-SAAD delivers Php 780K worth of pinakbet and sinigang seeds to Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 19, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program facilitated the transport of vegetable seeds worth Php 786,872.50 from the FY…

Dabawenyo earns Php 3K additional monthly revenue from chicken production

DAVAO DE ORO - Jacinto Navaluna, a 59-year-old farmer in Nabunturan who provides for a family of 6, is a caretaker of a 3.8-hectare farm. He earns Php 7,000/month by…

BFAR-SAAD provides Tilapia Culture Project to fishers group in Bohol

CEBU CITY, March 4, 2021- Through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Region 7 (DA-BFAR7) provided…

Finding Hope through Agri-Enterprise

EASTERN SAMAR - Teresita Nadonza is one of the 32 beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) in Barangay San Isidro, General MacArthur who found hope…

Three associations earned from DA-SAAD’s organic vegetable production in Antique

ANTIQUE, March 1, 2021 - Three farmers’ associations from the upland villages of San Remigio benefited from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Program for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s…

DA-SAAD brushes up beneficiaries’ communication skills

BUTUAN CITY, March 4, 2021 – “Effective communication is direct, receiver-oriented, and purposive,” said development communication practitioner Marisol D. Tuso to 22 Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural…

DA-SAAD groups in ZDN encouraged to engage in meat processing business

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, March 4, 2021- Provincial Coordinator of Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Ronillo Dusaban encouraged the three SAAD groups who attended the Meat Processing…

DA-SAAD strategize budget for 2022

SUBIC, ZAMBALES, February 24, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) prepared its 2022 program implementation during a three-day plan and budget…

Secretary Dar leads turnover of Php 24M-worth SAAD projects in ZDN

DIPOLOG CITY, February 26, 2021 - Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar presided over the awarding of Php 24,288,586 worth of livelihood interventions to 51 farmers associations (FAs)…

DA-SAAD farmers learn ‘what makes a good leader’

BUTUAN CITY, February 26, 2021 - “A good leader has good personality traits and management skills,” emphasized Department of Agriculture (DA) Supervising Agriculturist Isabelita L. Ocampo to 22 farmers from…

FAs earn Php 372k from SAAD’s Hubbard chicken production in Mountain Province

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, February 18, 2021 – Two farmers’ associations (FA) with 136 members in Mountain Province earned Php 372,000 from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s…

SAAD Region 11 grants incubators to 9 chicken raisers in GIDA, ELCAC areas of Davao de Oro

DAVAO DE ORO, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 - Nine farmers’ associations in different hinterland areas of Davao de Oro identified as Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) and Ending Local Communist…

Anne raises her 5 chicken to ninefold and earns Php 12k

Forty-nine-year-old Anne Sacro - member of the Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association in Bacsay, Luna, Apayao - attested that she earned Php 12,290 from the Poultry Production Project of the Department…

Agricultural machinery and tools to help Kalinga farmers on vegetable and fruit production

KALINGA, February 17, 2021 – The Romualdez Farmers Association (RFA) with 171 members received Php 936,900 worth of agricultural machinery and tools from the Special Area of Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Beneficiary-led small enterprises continue to activate in Sorsogon

SORSOGON, February 22, 2021 – Sorsogon works in unison as community-led enterprise opportunities activate in different Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) - covered areas, featuring the livelihood…

Committee on Rural Development TWG approves resolution to extend SAAD

QUEZON CITY, February 15, 2021 – The Philippine House Committee on Rural Development (PHCRD) Technical Working Group (TWG) approved the House Resolution No. 1421 (HR 1421)- authored by Congresswoman Representative…

Dragon Fruit Farm: A farmer’s dream comes true with DA-SAAD

For a marginalized farmer, producing dragon fruit is an ambitious and challenging enterprise because this requires huge investment, patience, and time. While it is costly to produce, it gives a…

Postharvest equipment worth Php 868k granted to FOs of Mt. Province

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, February 18, 2021 – Mountain Province fisherfolk expect to receive additional funding for Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program fishery livelihood projects as the Bureau of Fisheries…

SAAD farmers in Baras are back on their feet after ST Rolly (Goni)

BARAS, CATANDUANES, February 10, 2021 – Rehabilitative efforts continue as members of the San Miguel Special Area for Agricultural Development Vegetable Farmer’s Association (SAADVFA) in Brgy. San Miguel, Baras, Catanduanes…

LSFA to benefit from Php 366k postharvest facilities

BUKIDNON, February 15, 2021 – Libona SAAD Fisherfolk Association (LSFA) with 26 members received Php 366,000 worth of mini processing and feed formulation sheds with grinder, pelleter, and utensils from…

DA-SAAD: The Epitome of Change

By Myer G. Mula, PhD Amidst the pandemic, the year 2020 strongly contributed to the food security of the 30 poorest of the poor provinces covered by the Department of…

Sec Dar leads turnover of Php 10.6M agri-livelihood interventions in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, February 12, 2021 – Thirty associations and 855 farmers in 15 municipalities of Bukidnon received Php 10.6 million worth of agricultural livelihood interventions from the Special Area…

Why Agriculture: Motivations of a young SAAD farmer

"For young adults alike, be active and do not give up on agriculture. Even without advanced skills, be determined enough and pursue your aspirations. Seek the assistance of your local…

35 Katipunan farmers accept 140 bags upland rice seeds

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, January 29, 2021- Through the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, the SAAD Katipunan Farmers Association (FA) in Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte…

50 Meranaw farmers of Bayang granted Php1.3M worth of RTL Chicken

BAYANG, LANAO DEL SUR, February 4, 2021 – A total of 50 farmers in Bayang received 2,400 ready-to-lay (RTL) chicken (48 modules) and 50 cages from the Special Area for…

100 abaca farmers of ADS received Php 6.7M worth of projects

AGUSAN DEL SUR, February 4, 2021 – In Agusan del Sur, the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program invested in building suitable commodities mainly on crops…

The world is my oyster

“The world is my oyster”, said Cresencia Aparici Añasco, a 55-year-old beneficiary of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, as she referred to the bivalve mollusc…

Animal welfare orientation for DA-SAAD beneficiaries

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, February 3, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture-Region 9 - Regulatory Division oriented the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program beneficiaries of the Animal Welfare Act…

DA-ATI trains SAAD FAs in Sorsogon develop herbal soap as an enterprise

JUBAN, SORSOGON, February 3, 2021 - Twenty-one women members of the Taboc Organic Farmers’ Association in Brgy. Taboc, Juban, Sorsogon developed their assorted vegetables and herb produce into herbal soaps.…

Strengthening convergence, SAAD farmers receive grants from DOLE’s KABUHAYAN Program

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, February 02, 2021 – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program livelihood associations foster partnerships with other welfare and development agencies as the Department of Labor and Employment…

DA-SAAD boosts egg production in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, January 27, 2021- The Special Area for Agricultural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 9 delivered Php 1,399,800 worth of Layer Chicken Raising…

Php 79M worth of projects benefit over 2K fisherfolk, 157 groups in Region 7

CENTRAL VISAYAS, January 25, 2021 - Thousands of fisherfolk and hundreds of associations from Central Visayas Region (Region 7) benefitted from the livelihood aid of the Department of Agriculture (DA)…

Jerome Madulin earns Php 32k from Swine Production Project

Jerome Madulin, a 30-year-old farmer from Sumasap, Panaon, Misamis Occidental, is among the 30 beneficiaries of Php 1.15 million worth of Swine Production Project of the Special Area for Agricultural…

Tausug farmers see bright future in banana production

SULU, January 22, 2021- Four Tausug farmers’ associations of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program from Sulu expect additional income from their banana…

Php 203M budget for 2021 to be executed in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, January 25, 2021 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement Php 203 million worth of rice-related, high-value crops,…

SAAD Region 11 allots Php 43M for 2021 projects, biggest allocation yet

DAVAO CITY, JANUARY 25, 2021 - Amid a new normal, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Region 11 appropriated Php 43 million, its biggest allocation yet since its…

DA-SAAD one step closer to extension

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA, January 25, 2021 – The coverage of possible new areas and continuation of current projects are now closer to reality as government agencies supported the extension…

DA-Caraga RED visits SAAD farmers in Bislig City

BISLIG CITY, January 21, 2021—Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga Regional Executive Director (RED) Abel James I. Monteagudo visited the farmers of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program,…

DA-SAAD Region 9 executes implementation of Php 113M 2021 budget

DIPOLOG CITY, January 15, 2021- The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 9 is ready to serve farmers this year with a…

14,400 chickens distributed to Meranaw farmers

MARAWI CITY, January 19, 2021 – An Php 8.1 million worth of Integrated Agricultural Livelihood Project under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for FY 2018 was delivered to…

SAAD 12 continues to distribute intervention in support to Agri-4Ps

The marginalized farmers and fishers suffered more acutely during this CoViD-19 crisis. To address their needs, the Department of Agriculture (DA) implemented nationwide the “Plant, Plant, Plant Program (Agri-4Ps)” or…

DA-SAAD Sulu farmers expect to harvest 39 tons of rice for consumption

SULU, January 21, 2021 – Residents of barangay Kanmidus, Luuk are expecting to harvest 39 tons of rice or 800 sacks (50kg/sack) from their 10 hectares (ha) area in April…

FAO’s Recommendations on DA-SAAD Program

“... stronger coherence between agriculture and social protection interventions can improve the welfare of poor small family farmers by facilitating productive inclusion, improving risk-management capacities, and increasing agricultural productivity –…

DA-SAAD’s contribution to Philippine’s poverty reduction: An Analysis

Usually, a person thinks of poverty as not having enough money to supply one’s basic necessities. However, it is more than that as it is a complex societal issue. The…

Php 11.2M worth SAAD’s CoViD-19 mitigation projects help MisOcc farmers have stable income

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, January 8, 2021 - Two farmers in the province testified that they now have stable income after being included as recipients of the Php 11.2 million worth of…

SAAD boosts poultry farming to Mansaka IPs in ELCAC areas of New Bataan

DAVAO DE ORO, December 21, 2020 - Ten farmer-partners from the Mansaka indigenous people (IP) community, alongside 6 members of the auxiliary force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines…

Goat production project culminates in Laak, Davao de Oro

DAVAO DE ORO, DECEMBER 17, 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Davao de Oro completed its upgraded goat production project for FY 2020 through its final delivery…

Rice harvests from SAAD projects commits to Masbate rehabilitation

MASBATE, BICOL, DECEMBER 17, 2020 - Still under rehabilitation, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Masbate rice farmers harvested a combined total of 1,350 bags (59.52 t) palay in…

Mountain Province eyes CFA as lead quail and chicken egg distributor

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, December 4, 2020 – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mountain Province eyed the Channeg Farmer’s Association (CFA) as one of the leading egg distributors as it is…

USec Cayanan: upscale SAAD beneficiaries to promote livelihood sustainability

QUEZON CITY, December 10, 2020 - Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Operations and Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program Steering Committee (PSC) Chairperson USec Ariel T. Cayanan recommended…

Twin tank village-type fish hatchery provided by SAAD to TAFFIA now operational

TADIAN, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, December 9, 2020 – The Tadian Farmers, Fisherfolk and Irrigators Association’s (TAFFIA) twin tank village-type fish hatchery located in Luk-eb Calacaban, Tue, Tadian provided by the Special…

More than 23,000 farmers and fisherfolk receive livelihood projects in 2020

TAGAYTAY CITY, December 16, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program served 23,534 farmers and fisherfolk during the FY 2020 program implementation in…

Mandaya SAAD farmers granted with projects

DAVAO DE ORO, December 11, 2020 - Farmers belonging to the Mandaya indigenous people (IP) community of Brgy. Mangayon, Compostela received implements from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special…

Empowering indigenous communities in the agriculture and fisheries sector: the SAAD’s commitment

“Development by the people, of the people, and for the people,” - Angelito Manalili (1990) The need to empower the indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) is a…

Old man’s new life journey

A Success Story through Cassava-Corn-Peanut Farming in Sulu Atat Alih, a 68-year-old farmer from Brgy. Tubod, Talipao, Sulu, is thankful for the income he makes through the Department of Agriculture…

SAAD farmers earn Php 51K at Kadiwa Fair in Region 8

December 10, 2020– Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program beneficiaries from 11 farmers’ associations (FA) earned Php 51,732 during the “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita, Locally Sourced: A Gardening…

DA commits Php 2M agribusiness assistance as SAAD turns over Php 4.5M livelihood aid in Bukidnon

BUKIDNON, December 8, 2020 – Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Kristine Evangelista committed Php 1 million worth of agribusiness assistance and another Php 1 million for the…

‘Best Christmas Gift’

Rizalina Farmers’ Association receives inputs for rice and duck-raising production ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, December 4, 2020 – "This is the best Christmas gift for us in Rizalina,” shared Rizalina Farmers…

SAAD boosts Caraga farmers’ financial literacy

CARAGA, December 4, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program boosted 48 farmers’ literacy on financial management and agricultural entrepreneurship through online…

SAAD Region 11 completes distribution of goat project in New Bataan

DAVAO DE ORO, December 4, 2020 - Despite the pandemic, the Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program in Region 11 delivered the final components for the Upgraded Goat Program…

4th quarter obligation of SAAD-CAR at 94%

BAGUIO CITY, December 3, 2020 – In the pre-assessment activity of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) from December 2 to 3, Special Area for Agricultural…

Bukidnon expects growth in cattle industry

BUKIDNON, November 27, 2020 – Bukidnon locals may expect growth in cattle industry as the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported 59 births and 48 pregnancies from the 350 cattle dispersed…

5 Mis Occ towns get Php 7.7 million agri-assistance

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, November 25-26, 2020 – Five (5) towns from Misamis Occidental received Php 7.7 million worth of Integrated Agricultural Livelihood Project from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

Sec Dar leads turnover of Php 10.4 million livelihood projects in LDN

LANAO DEL NORTE, November 24, 2020 – Secretary William Dar of the Department of Agriculture (DA) led the turnover of Php 10.4 million worth of livelihood projects to the eight local…

OPAV recognizes SAAD in transforming Neg Occ farmers to organic crop cultivators

QUEZON CITY, November 27, 2020 - Assistance Secretary (ASec) Jonji Gonzales from Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas recognized the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for…

60 ZaNorte farmers trained on native chicken and coffee production

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, November 25, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 9 trained 60 members of the Nacibac Mountainside Farmers Association (FA) to successfully manage Special Area for…

SAAD fisherfolk ups Davao de Oro’s aquaculture production before year ends

MABINI, DAVAO DE ORO, November 24, 2020 - Beneficiaries of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Special Area for Agricultural Development (BFAR-SAAD) Region 11 cross the middle of this year’s…

SAAD farmers in Region 8 joins Kadiwa Fair

QUEZON CITY, November 26, 2020 – Eight farmers’ associations of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program will sell locally-sourced fresh farm products at the Department of Agriculture’s (DA)…

House Committee on Rural Development urges for extension of SAAD’s implementation beyond 2022

QUEZON CITY, November 23, 2020 - The House Committee on Rural Development will submit a resolution to extend the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s implementation during its online…

Selling quail eggs provides income to indigent households

A farm laborer, a housewife, and backyard food grower… Rosalyn Vea rooted her love for agriculture from her childhood. She was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Special…

Hubbard chickens for food sufficiency in Mountain Province

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, November 16, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture provided Php 919,300 worth of Hubbard brown chickens and feeds to Mountain Province farmers to ensure food sufficiency amid the…

BFAR provides Php 213k tilapia culture in Region 13

AGUSAN DEL SUR, November 12, 2020- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource (BFAR) – Region 13 turned over Php 213,880 worth of tilapia culture livelihood project to aid eight…

DA Region 8 conducts early procurement activity for SAAD

TACLOBAN CITY, November 18, 2020– Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 8 opened the sealed bids for the Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program’s procurement of animals and feeds for…

Acuris-PaRR reporter trains DA writers

QUEZON CITY, November 11, 2020 - Acuris-Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR) reporter and former media practitioner James Konstantin Galvez trained 20 writers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to effectively…

Liloan hopes to become supplier of weanlings in Southern Leyte

SOUTHERN LEYTE, November 4, 2020- Four farmers’ associations (FA) in the Municipality of Liloan hope to be the main source of weanlings in Southern Leyte as they expect to produce…

Sulu farmer makes ends meet thru cassava farming

Sixty-two-year-old Hatta Jumlani from Barangay Liban Talipao, Sulu, received assistance in cassava farming from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program to sustain his family’s…

DA-SAAD Caraga equips farmers to be entrepreneurs

SURIGAO DEL SUR, November 10, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 13 equipped members from eight farmers associations (FA) in Bislig and Bayabas by providing info kits…

Php 16.4 M worth egg production interventions fully delivered to ZDN

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, November 11, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 9 has fully delivered Php 16,462,070.00 worth of interventions to aid the egg production of 29…

Apayao MESS FA Agri-Enterprise earns Php 175k

APAYAO – The Malekkeg, Emiliana, San Carlos, San Antonio (MESS) Farmer’s Association with 42 members in Sta. Marcela accumulated a gross income of Php 1,634,620.00 with a net income of…

Typhoon Quinta leaves Occ Min SAAD farmers with Php 5.52 M worth of crop loss

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, November 04, 2020 - Farmers and fisherfolks in Occidental Mindoro suffered considerable loss of harvest and potential income after typhoon Quinta (international name “Molave”) destroyed various agricultural interventions…

DA’s intensified agricultural mechanization campaign reached Sorsogon rice and corn farming communities

SORSOGON, October 28, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) ensures that the marginalized farming communities are counted in its intensive farm mechanization campaign, prioritizing the increase of agricultural production.…

Livelihood fishery projects distributed in Mountain Province

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, October 20, 2020 - Various fishery livelihood projects worth Php 925,000.00 were distributed to Mountain Province in a turnover led by CAR Regional Director Lilibeth L. Signey of…

Dapitan FA receive Php 1.7M farm inputs for corn and peanut production

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, October 20, 2020 – The Dampalan Farmers Association (FA) of Barangay Dampalan, Dapitan City received interventions worth Php 757,000.00 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region IX…

Occ Min FAs granted over Php 1.8M agricultural interventions

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, October 20, 2020 - In keeping with the objectives to increase agricultural productivity and income, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

SAAD continues livelihood support for San Andres fisherfolk-beneficiaries

CATANDUANES, October 20, 2020 - Seeking to further strengthen food security and management of aquatic resources, the municipality of San Andres was downloaded with a Php 522,000.00 worth of livelihood…

Social Preparation for FY 2021 kicks off in Kalinga

KALINGA, October 16, 2020 – Fourteen (14) new barangays in Kalinga were added to the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s implementation in eight covered municipalities - Balbalan, Pinukpuk,…

70 Poona Piagapo farmers receive vegetable project worth Php 2.1M

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, October 8, 2020 - Seventy (70) individual farmer-beneficiaries from Barangay Poblacion and Barangay Pendulonan in Poona Piagapo received vegetable gardening materials worth Php 2.1 million under the Integrated…

Php 2.6M worth of 137 sheep awarded to 60 Apayao farmers

APAYAO, October 9, 2020 – One hundred thirty-seven (137) sheep composed of 125 ewes and 12 rams were distributed to five farmer’s associations in the municipality of Pudtol. The Sheep…

Revitalizing indigenous communities: Buhid-Mangyan IPs receive Php 3.2 M worth of agri-assistance

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, OCTOBER 09, 2020 – In line with the government’s anti-poverty program, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Region 4B turned-over a total of…

Php 800K worth of dressed chickens sold amid COVID-19 pandemic

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, October 10, 2020 – Cumulative sales of Php 810,630.00 was produced by three farmers’ associations (FA) through the assistance of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 9…

72-year old woman farmer earns from selling rams

Seventy-two-year-old woman farmer Felicidad Dela Cruz and also a member of the Upstream Livelihood Farmer’s Association sold three rams in her neighborhood at Brgy. Dagupan, Luna, Apayao with total collectibles…

SAAD NPMO restructures organization to improve management, implementation

QUEZON CITY, 9 October 2020 – The National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program had organizational restructuring to…

SAAD books: A tangible proof of a compelling journey

Communication and responsibility are two converging phenomena that can be powerful tools to determine progress and further augment community welfare towards development. Communication is essential in crafting structures of systems,…

Mushroom production training for SAAD beneficiaries in Magsaysay

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, October 3, 2020 - A two-day training on mushroom production held from October 2 to 3, 2020 in Brgy. Calawag, Magsaysay was conducted for the beneficiaries of the…

SAAD project helps 67 fisherfolks in Lazi, Siquijor

SIQUIJOR, September 25, 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 7 helped 67 fisherfolks through a…

Tausug family’s success thru Cassava-Corn-Peanut Livelihood

Way back in 2018, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program was first implemented in Sulu, covering the four municipalities of Paranag, Panamao, Maimbung,…

Why mechanize: insights from SAAD abaca farmer

Using mechanized equipment hastens stripping abaca stacks and improves the quality and market price of abaca fibers. Take it from Mr. Gil Gabales, abaca farmer for 20 years, who switched…

Farm machinery turned over to IP communities in San Jose

SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, OCTOBER 02, 2020 – In support of the government’s thrust in agricultural mechanization and modernization in the countryside, the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development…

SAAD Catanduanes’ association seen as an exemplar of participatory governance

CATANDUANES, OCTOBER 05, 2020 - Brgy. San Marcos, a community where some members belong to an organized group of beneficiaries of the SAAD Program in Catanduanes was declared the champion…

Free-range native chickens distributed to 24 FAs in Western Visayas

WESTERN VISAYAS, September 11, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Western Visayas completed the distribution of 1,440 free-range native chickens…

Php 1.7M motorized boats turned over to 72 fisherfolks

BOHOL, September 23, 2020 – Seventy-two (72) individual fisherfolks from Pres. Carlos P. Garcia benefited from the Php 1.7 million worth of livelihood assistance under the FY 2019 of Special…

Crop-livestock project awarded to 5 farmer-groups in Antipas

COTABATO, September 16, 2020 - With its continuous action in assuring full assistance to farmers' necessities, even at times of global health crisis, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special…

Crop and poultry production: A practical and sustainable livelihood

Rice and corn production have been the primary livelihoods of the Cancavan Corn Growers Association (CCGA), a SAAD-funded farmers’ group in Carmen, Surigao del Sur. The first half of the…

Agri-inputs delivered to 13 associations for Layer Chicken Project in ZDN

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 28, 2020- Amid the growing number of CoViD-19 cases in the province, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

SAAD’s approach to strengthen community participation; Occ Min farmers take the lead

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, September 29, 2020 - Community participation is an important factor in effective community organizing and sustainable development. SAAD interventions are geared towards helping marginalized communities realize their roles…

106 farmers implement the Integrated Livelihood Project in Linamon

LANAO DEL NORTE, September 25, 2020 - One hundred six (106) individual farmers in Linamon received Php 954,000.00 worth of garden tools with cacao seedlings from the Special Area for…

Integrated farming system to farmers in Banisilan and Kabacan, Cotabato

COTABATO, September 10, 2020 -The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Region 12 always tries to  fulfill its mission to uplift the farmers’ lives from…

30 modules of layer chicken granted to Sibutad, ZaNorte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 24-25, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program delivered 30 modules of Layer Chicken with Fabricated Cage Project worth…

160 farmers from Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat avail SAAD projects

SOCSKSARGEN, September 2-3, 2020 - A total of 160 farmers from Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat benefited from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program's…

Broiler chicks delivered to Subanen IPs

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 12, 2020 - The Tampilisan Subanen Cultural Minority Association (TSCMA) in Barangay Galingon received 2,000 broiler chicks from the Department of Agriculture, through the Special Area…

Kalinga FAs and fish vendors receive post-harvest and aquaculture projects

KALINGA, September 17, 2020 – Various fishery livelihood interventions were provided to the eight (8) accredited organizations and two (2) fish vendors in Tabuk City by the Special Area for…

Opportunity and leadership facilitate change to Pangian Farmers’ Association

Just like any typical day, Pangian Farmers' Association President Clarito Ramboa takes an early call, along with two members of his association, to be on their way to the poultry…

21 farmers receive draft animals

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, September 15, 2020 – Twenty (21) individual farmers received 21 carabaos (12 carabulls and 9 caraheifers) in 6 barangays of Concepcion (Small Potongan, Upper Potogan, Lingatongan, Guiban, Capule,…

Sorsogon farmers towards food and livelihood sustainability through community-based production and enterprise

SORSOGON, September 14, 2020  - More than 1.5 tons combined vegetables were gathered by Sorsoganon farmer-beneficiaries in the partial harvest of Vegetable Production and Plantation Crops Establishment Project in Region…

Channeg FA towards quail egg supplier

Background  Mountain Province is the poorest among the provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region with a 17.2% poverty incidence rate recorded by the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2018. Bontoc, located…

Php 8.3M worth of interventions delivered to Sulu amid the unstable peace and order situation

PROVINCE OF SULU, September 10, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region IX, through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, delivered interventions to 7 municipalities worth Php…

Sheep provided to three Calanasan FAs

APAYAO, September 8, 2020 – Thirty (30) farmers who are members of the Bayag Farmer’s Association (20), Naguillan Pantawid Farmer’s Association (5), and Sabangan Eliaziar Farmer’s Association from Calanasan (5)…

No delays, BFAR-SAAD Region 5 project assistance remain prompt in times of crises

SORSOGON, September 07, 2020 - State-sponsored subsidies and grants are critical and urgent to the marginalized in times of socio-economic and health crises. While faced with the rise of unemployment…

Leading like a woman: 5 management strategies from a rural agripreneur

The United Nations Women Organization asserts that when more women work, economies grow. While this claim is broad and excessively forward, this is altogether true. Included in the rooster challenging…

Php 1.9M worth of egg production project turned over to Sibuco

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 9, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) turned over a total of Php 1,918,800.00 worth of farm inputs…

Nunungan farmers receive Php 7.4M RTL Chicken Project

LANAO DEL NORTE, August 24, 2020 - Some 100 individual farmers in Nunungan received an egg machine, chicken cage, and 6 bags of grower and layer feeds as part of…

Pasil farmers receive poultry supplies for duck production

KALINGA, September 4, 2020 - Cagaluan Agriculturist Association (CAA) of Barangay Cagaluan, Pasil received 80 poultry feeders, 80 poultry drinkers, and 40 wire mesh in support of the Poultry Production…

4 farmers’ associations in Apayao receive 126 goats

APAYAO, September 4, 2020 – One hundred twenty-six (126) goats composed of 84 does and 42 bucks were distributed to 21 farmers in the municipality of Calanasan under the Special…

Loach production jump-starts in Mountain Province

Tadian, Mountain Province, September 3, 2020 – To support the restoration of the Japanese loach production in Mountain Province, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program provided Php 603,054.00…

ELCAC barangay in Cotabato given agri interventions as SAAD supports EO 70

COTABATO, September 02, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 12, together with the 72nd Infantry Battalion and the Local…

Amid health and economic crises, inclusive growth affirmed as SAAD continues to be an ally of the marginalized in Occidental Mindoro

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, September 04, 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Region 4B continues to prioritize marginalized farmers who are faced at the forefront of economic depression due…

SAAD fishery sector encourages capture fisher-beneficiaries to venture in pond culture

MAGSAYSAY, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, September 03, 2020 – The third quarter is a relatively risky season for capture fishers, not to mention the decline of fish volume brought by different environmental…

Free range native chickens granted to 5 FAs of Laua-an, Antique

LAUA-AN, ANTIQUE, September 1, 2020 – Three-hundred native chickens were distributed to five farmers’ associations (FAs) by the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program. The…

No Excuses: a PWD’s affair with farming

Discrimination, in any form, exists. That is why a person with disability (PWD) like Mr. Raul Portes Banjawan of Brgy. Lipata, Allen, Northern Samar is being criticized as an individual…

Vegetable FAs in Sergio Osmeña received agricultural inputs and farm tools

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 19, 2020 - A total of five vegetable farmers' associations (FA) accepted agricultural inputs worth Php 986,920.00 under the FY 2020 Support to Vegetable Production Project…

Free range chickens distributed to FAs in San Remigio, Antique

ANTIQUE, August 7, 2020 – Three hundred sixty (360) native chickens, with a total worth of Php 244,800.00 were distributed to 6 farmers’ associations (FA), who are beneficiaries of the…

3 farmers’ associations awarded with sheep

APAYAO, August 26, 2020 – One hundred five (105) sheep, composed of 100 ewes and 5 rams, and 50 rolls of galvanized wire were partially provided to Midstream Livelihood Farmers…

Integrated farming system accorded to farmer’s association of Pinukpuk, Kalinga

KALINGA, August 26, 2020 – Seventy (70) members of the Asibanglan Farm Development Organization (AFDO) received 70 rolls of poultry wire mesh, 28 bags of grower feeds, and 140 bags of…

Agricultural projects awarded to Sarangani and Cotabato farmers

SOCSKSARGEN, August 19, 2020 - Despite the COVID-2019 pandemic, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 12 distributed agricultural livelihood interventions for…

100 Cotabato farmers receive upland rice and vegetable production inputs

COTABATO, August 25, 2020 – A total of 100 farmers from Banisilan will implement the Integrated Upland Rice Production and Vegetable Production project worth Php 1,226,400 from the  Department of…

The Journey of Bernabe

“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” - Oliver Goldsmith At the early age of 12, Bernabe Balos started to tend…

Eastern Samar FAs benefit from TIKA donations, a strong gesture of Philippine-Turkey partnership

EASTERN SAMAR, August 19, 2020 - Two farmers’ association (FA)–beneficiaries of the Rice Production Enhancement Project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program…

Partial distribution of inputs for Livestock Production Project worth Php 8.2 M benefits 273 SAAD farmers in Bicol

BICOL REGION, AUGUST 18, 2020 – Php 8.2 M worth of assistance has been turned-over for partial fulfillment of the Livestock Production Project from the SAAD FY 2020, aiding 273…

Php 1.197M worth of farm inputs and poultry granted to 175 farmers in Occ Min

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 18, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Region 4B turned-over a total of Php 1,196,875.00 worth of farm inputs…

37 carabaos awarded to Bontoc farmers

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 21, 2020 – Thirty-seven (37) carabaos worth Php 1,110,750.00 were awarded to 37 farmer-beneficiaries from Barangay Guina-ang and Dalican in Bontoc for the Carabao Production Project of…

NorMin farmers to benefit Php 5.6M agri-assistance amid CoViD-19

NORTHERN MINDANAO, August 20, 2020 - In support to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Plant Plant Plant Program, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of DA-10 will distribute…

Tausug farmers benefit from Cassava-Corn-Peanut Farming and Egg Production Projects

SULU, August 1-5, 2020 - Tausug farmers in Jolo received 300 bags of organic fertilizers for the Cassava-Corn-Peanut Farming Project and 60 sets of fabricated cages for the Egg Production…

Abaca farmers in Agusan del Sur aided with backyard poultry project

AGUSAN DEL SUR, August 14, 2020- Amid the height of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region 13, through the Special Area for Agricultural Development…

DA-SAAD distributes farm inputs to farmers amid pandemic

NORTH COTABATO, August 13, 2020 – A joyful atmosphere enveloped Barangay Bato, Matalam as 60 farmers were provided with project worth Php 612,000 for Integrated Corn Production from the Department…

Dream Catcher

Philippines is widely known for the richness of its aquatic resources and has the world’s longest discontinuous coastline. It has the potential for economic growth as over a million Filipinos…

Pre- and post-harvest facility for tilapia set to boost revenue for fisherfolks in Bukidnon

BUKIDNON, August 13, 2020 – A feed formulation shed, a mini fish processing shed, and various equipment worth Php 322,670.00 were provided to Don Carlos SAAD Beneficiaries Incorporation (DCSBI) at…

Rice farmers from Eastern Samar benefit from Philippine-Turkey alliance

BATANGAS CITY, August 17, 2020 – In response to the meeting last March 2, 2020 held at the DA-Central office by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Department…

Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture: A Clever and Novel Way of Feeding a Conurbation

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. It has been projected that more than half of the world’s population will live in cities in a few years and food security will be…

Kalinga conducts Project Finalization Workshop for FY 2021

KALINGA, August 6-7, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program team in Kalinga finalized FY 2021 projects and interventions for 17 covered barangays and 12 new ones…

Post-harvest equipment and feed facility awarded to tilapia growers

BUKIDNON, August 6, 2020 – In an effort to reduce post-harvest losses and to boost profit from tilapia farming industry, the Region 10’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)…

1500 Sultan Kudarat farmers receive Php 6.04M worth of farm inputs

SULTAN KUDARAT, July 17, 2020 – A total of 1,500 farmer-beneficiaries in the province received Php 6.04 million worth of farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special…

Farmers’ group earns Php 1.3M from rice combine harvester

APAYAO - The Midstream Livelihood Farmers Association with 70 members in Luna, which was provided by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program with a rice combine harvester in…

123 sheep distributed to Apayao farmers

FLORA, APAYAO, August 4, 2020 – Forty-one (41) individual farmers from barangay Lower Atok (20) and Malubibit Norte (21) were provided with 82 ewes and 41 rams under the Sheep Production…

Native chickens granted to Subanen tribe

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, July 30, 2020 - Some 442 native chickens worth Php 385,700.00 were distributed to the members of Tampilisan Subanen Cultural Minority Association (TSCMA) as part of the…

SAAD Agri-Enterprise: a step towards sustainable household socioeconomic status

Agriculture today faces many challenges, including globalization and market liberalization, food price crises, natural resource depletion, climate change, rapid urbanization, changing production and consumption patterns, demographic changes, pandemic, soil health,…

SAAD Cordillera conducts Midyear Assessment for 2020

BAGUIO CITY, July 23-24, 2020 – With its aim to alleviate poverty in the farming communities, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program provided livelihood interventions to the 30…

Woman-farmer earn from goat production project in Apayao

APAYAO, July 15, 2020 - Mrs. Lorie Gatiw-an, member of Dur-as Farmer’s Association in barangay Aga, Pudtol sold four farm-raised bucks worth Php 24,500.00 in her neighborhood. The said goats…

Matungao LGU conducts groundbreaking for Php 1.5M SAAD demo-farm

LANAO DEL NORTE, July 20, 2020 – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Matungao, through its Municipal Agricultural Services Office (MASO), conducted a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the establishment of…

Second production of tilapia produce 152 kgs amid pandemic

KALINGA, July 8, 2020 - Ms. Germain Oplay, 32 years old, is a resident of Barangay Ipil, Tabuk City in Kalinga. She is one of the fisherfolk-beneficiaries of the Special Area…

Region 13 expands goat production in Surigao del Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, July 8­-9, 2020 - To expand the goat production in Surigao del Sur, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region 13 implemented a Php 4.5 million project…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

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SAAD responds to CoViD-19 food threat in Region 13

CARAGA, July 13-15, 2020- True to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s call to increase the country’s food supply at the height of the coronavirus disease 2019 (CoViD-19), the Department of Agriculture…

SAAD Region 4B intensifies distribution of agri interventions worth Php 2.45M in Occidental Mindoro

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, JULY 15, 2020 - The DA-SAAD Region 4B has implemented livelihood projects and distributed interventions totaling to Php 2,451,640.00 to five municipalities namely; Magsaysay, Abra de Ilog, Sta.…

Partnership: An Essential SAAD Tool Against Poverty

Partnership is an essential tool of any poverty reduction project such as the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). What is partnership? It…

SAAD continues to uphold government’s poverty reduction efforts

SOCCSKSARGEN, June 26, 2020 - To help alleviate poverty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed Php 1.8…

20 SAAD farmers receive 1,600 quails

APAYAO, July 6, 2020 – Twenty (20) farmers from Conner (7), Flora (7), Luna (3), and Pudtol (3) received 1,600 head of quails and 146 bags of layer feeds worth…

72 cattle granted to Mountain Province farmer-beneficiaries

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, July 9, 2020 – Seventy–two (72) head of cattle were distributed to the beneficiaries of six municipalities of Mountain Province namely: Sadanga with 28 beneficiaries, Sagada with five…

Carabaos granted to 60 farmer-beneficiaries of Bien Unido

BOHOL,  July 2, 2020 - "The farmer-beneficiaries were very happy to receive the draft animals and inputs. They were grateful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for…

SAAD native chicken project to uplift economic status in San Remigio, Antique

The demand for native chicken continuously increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing the competitive advantage in the market, the native chicken project of the Samahan kang Mangunguma kag Mamamayan kang…

SAAD fulfills promise to 600 North Cotabato farmers affected of earthquakes

NORTH COTABATO, June 22, 2020 — A promise was fulfilled when the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program - Central Office downloaded Php 6.1 million to the province for…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

Part 5: Aquaponics: A perfect setting to feed urban and peri-urban families An answer to food security Global hunger and food insecurity are perennial issues that confront human societies. In…

SAAD media promotes transparency and accountability

Background In its inception in 2017, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program through the National Program Management Office (NPMO) has established its image through public relations (PR) and…

Small ruminants from SAAD produces 17 offspring

DAGUPAN, LUNA, APAYAO, July 8, 2020 - Some of the 29 sheep awarded to Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association of Apayao in 2019 bore 17 offspring (5 ewes, 12 rams). This…

5 IP associations in Surigao del Sur granted with corn seeds

SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 29, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Region XIII delivered bags of open-pollinated variety (OPV) white corn seeds to five indigenous beneficiary associations of…

SAAD releases book to guide program stakeholders on extension service process

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA, July 7, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program is delighted to announce the book entitled `Agricultural Extension and Communication: A Theoretical Guide…

Agri-fisheries intervention to IP communities in Occ Min through DA and NCIP convergence

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, JUNE 28, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) strengthened their collaboration to extend government assistance for tribal communities or Indigenous Peoples…

Egg Production as an Enterprise

The farmers remain steadfast and motivated to continually produce food for all despite the threats of the global pandemic, exhibiting the values of cooperation and solidarity among agriculture's frontliners. Regardless…

Social Preparation: An approach to a sustainable agriculture system of SAAD

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. and Ian Kevin M. Sevilla The initial step in community organizing is the social preparation activities. The series of activities is designed to prepare the affected families to…

75 Mangali fisherfolks granted aquaculture package

KALINGA, May 29, 2020 – Seventy-five (75) Mangali fisherfolks received a complete package of aquaculture livelihood projects comprising of 42,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings, 500 pieces of carps, and 305…

Tanudan woman-farmer started egg and chicken production enterprise

From six (6) chickens in 2019, a farmer from Tanudan, Kalinga multiplied them to almost 15 times resulting in a total count of 88 heads. Mrs. Marjorie Ang-ang is one…

Region 4B strengthens DA’s ALPAS initiative among SAAD beneficiaries

MAGSAYSAY, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 25, 2020 - In line with the initiative "Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19," popularly known as the Plant, Plant, Plant Program (4Ps) of…

Antique farmer-beneficiaries harvest 444 kgs of eggplant

ANTIQUE, June 4, 2020 - A fruitful harvest of 444 kgs eggplant benefitted SAAD-beneficiaries from Brgy. Sinundolan, San Remigio. The Sinundolan ISF Upland Farmers Association’s 43 members gained from the…

Sadanga farmers receive livelihood projects amounting to Php 6.8M

BAGUIO CITY, June 19, 2020 – Twenty-eight (28) heirloom rice farmers from Sadanga, Mountain Province will receive native cattle under the SAAD Integrated Cattle Raising with Heirloom Rice Production Project…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 4: Hydroponics: an answer to food always in the home (FAITH) Placing the puzzle of Hydroponics among the big players of this agenda is surprisingly not very difficult because…

Manobo Association Accepts Rice Seeds from DA-SAAD

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 11, 2020 - Members of Ocao Farmers’ Association from the municipality of Rosario received 30 bags of inbred rice seeds from the Special Area for Agricultural…

DA and NCIP strengthens collaboration; SAAD with at least 17,000 IP beneficiaries

QUEZON CITY, June 12, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) strengthened their collaboration as they entered a Joint Special Order to assist…

Php 2.46M worth of livelihood benefits 585 farmers

CANTANDUANES AND MASBATE, June 1, 2020 - Despite the current pandemic and unrest brought by the COVID-19, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) of Region 5 continues to fulfill…

2,000 SAAD beneficiaries of Region 11 granted agricultural inputs to jumpstart planting

DAVAO DE ORO, May 28, 2020 – Ensuring food supply and livelihood to 11 covered municipalities in the province, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

SAAD Region 7 turns-over Php 1.8M check to benefit 60 Bohol farmers

BOHOL, June 1, 2020 - 60 individual farmers from Pres. Carlos P. Garcia will benefit from the Php 1.8 million check that the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

210 IP farmers accept OPV white corn seeds to grow in 150 hectares

SARANGANI, May 29, 2020 –   Forty percent of Sarangani’s population is composed of indigenous tribes – the Blaan, Tboli, and Tagakaulo. A total of 210 Indigenous People (IP) beneficiaries received open-pollinated…

20 farmers benefited from SAAD’s Upland Rice Production Project

NORTH COTABATO, May 26, 2020 - Twenty (20) farmers from Barangay Sitio New Leon in the Municipality of Aleosan benefited from the Upland Rice Production Project of the Special Area…

SAAD Farmers Not in a State of Flux Despite Pandemic

It was in January 9, 2020 when the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a novel coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities.  Subsequently, WHO declared COVID-19 as pandemic and considered…

IPs receive livestock from SAAD Bukidnon

BUKIDNON, May 28, 2020 – The Lorega Ancestral Management and Development for All Generation (LAMDAG), with 50 indigenous People (IP) members, received various livestock worth Php 346,000 from the Special…

SAAD Region 12 distributes 3,000 Muscovy ducks to Sarangani beneficiaries

SARANGANI - May 15-19, 2020 – A total 150 Sarangani farmers expressed their gratitude to the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program as they received Php 1.5 million worth of…

Php 1.8 M worth of upland rice seeds given to 300 Sultan Kudarat farmers

Sultan Kudarat, May 19 – 20, 2020 — Mindanao is known with excellent quality and high antioxidant properties of their traditional upland rice varieties. Given this trademark, the Department of…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 3: Livestock and poultry raising in urban and peri-urban areas Urban and peri-urban agriculture has existed in various forms and places for a long time. It was practiced in…

SAAD escalates San Fernando’s agri development

BUKIDNON, June 1, 2020 – The Municipal Agriculturist Coleen Alva C. Ambos acknowledged the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as an instrument to…

Seed System: An Integral Ingredient of the SAAD Program

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. While we are aware that the coverage of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program covers not only the 30 poorest of the poor…

DA-SAAD 10 provides Php 6.3 M to boost farm productivity in Bukidnon

Dalwangan, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, May 21, 2020 – Region 10 Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program turned-over more than Php 6.3 million farm machinery, equipment, and…

Php 1.045 M worth of hand tractors and mungbeans granted to IPs of Occidental Mindoro

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 14, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 4B turned over 6 hand tractors and 470 kilograms (kgs)…

LGU purchase 320 kgs of squash from SAAD farmers

BOHOL, May 13, 2020 - The Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Mabini through Mayor Juanito L. Jayoma directly procured 320 kgs squash harvested by the three farmers…

Mountain Province 586 fisherfolks received 300,000 tilapia fingerlings

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, May 12-15, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) - CAR distributed in the province 300,000 tilapia…

SAAD Region 12 distributes agricultural inputs to its beneficiaries

NORTH COTABATO, May 12, 2020 - Farmer-beneficiaries of the Upland Rice Production Project were granted with 40 sacks of upland rice seeds, 40 sacks of urea, 30 sacks of complete…

From Hopelessness to a Life Full of Hope

In the past years, it seemed as if there was no hope for Ma. Cristina Plata and her family to live a fruitful life, until Special Area for Agricultural Development…

SAAD Region 11 validates and profiles more than 700 farmers

DAVAO DE ORO, April 30, 2020 – A total of 736 farmers underwent validation and profiling for the 2020 project implementation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field…

Determined To Be An Agripreneur

During one of the regular monitoring activities of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD), a farmer-beneficiary caught the attention of the assigned Area Coordinator in…

SAAD Region 10 farmers gear up for COVID-19 crisis, adopt DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program

MATUNGAO, LANAO DEL NORTE, May 15, 2020. The adversities of the COVID-19 pandemic call for proactive countermeasures. Self-sufficiency and self-reliance are keys in this time of crisis. The Special Area…

SAAD dispersed carabaos to 21 farmer-beneficiaries of Sapang Dalaga

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, May 6, 2020 – Twenty-one (21) individual farmers of the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga received from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 10, through its Special Area for…

Crop-poultry project propels Sarangani farmers out of poverty

SARANGANI, May 13, 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Office (RFO) 12 distributed 1,200 heads of Muscovy ducks to…

Urban Agriculture: Coping with Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 2:  Aquaculture for Tilapia and Hito Urban and peri-urban agriculture occurs within and surrounding the boundaries of major cities and includes products from crops, livestock, fisheries, and forestry, which…

Agripreneurship as an Enterprise: a Boon to SAAD Program

by Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. It has been said that real development is people development. Money, machine, land and material are only productive if people know how to use them…

Livestock and poultry from SAAD help farmer in Kalinga

While others are depending on government aid to survive under the restrictions imposed by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to CoViD-19, a farmer from Pasil, Kalinga is reaping what…

SAAD distributes 900 pullets to 60 Sorsogon farmers

SORSOGON, May 7, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Region 5 together with the Provincial Coordinator, Area Coordinators, and the local government unit…

Munai farmers granted Php 5.1M worth of farm machineries from SAAD

LANAO DEL NORTE, May 11, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program turned-over Php 5.1…

SAAD Region 11 turns-over 6,000 chicken and vegetable seeds amidst CoViD 19 pandemic

Davao de Oro, April 24, 2020 – While faced with disrupted socio-economic conditions, the DA-SAAD Region 11 fulfills its mandate of advancing food sustainability and livelihood of their local agricultural…

239 farmers in Tanudan received agricultural inputs from SAAD

KALINGA, May 8, 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of CAR distributed assorted agricultural inputs to 239 farmer-beneficiaries in the municipality of Tanudan from May 4…

DA-SAAD Region 4B consults farmer-beneficiaries in refocusing interventions to prevent spread of ASF

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 05, 2020 - Department of Agriculture – Region 4B and DA-SAAD (Special Area for Agricultural Development) officers, along with staff of local government units (LGU) and farmer-beneficiaries…

SAAD delivers 74 upgraded cattle and vegetable inputs to Linamon farmers

LANAO DEL NORTE, May 7 - 8, 2020 -  The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 10 delivered 74 upgraded cattle…

A Rewarding Start for Manobo Sweet Potato Farmers

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) or locally named as "kamote", once-touted "a poor man's crop", is now regarded as a "cash crop" for a Manobo IP group in Carmen, Surigao…

BFAR-SAAD 4B provides 17k bangus fingerlings to Occidental Mindoro fisherfolks

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 27, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 4B supplied 17,000 Milkfish (bangus) fingerlings…

Securing food sufficiency in Cordillera amidst COVID-19 pandemic

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is encouraging more Filipinos to participate and support the Plant, Plant, Plant Program initiated by Secretary William…

BFAR 10 distributes 13k bangus and tilapia fingerlings for SAAD Program

REGION 10, April 21-24, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 10 distributed tilapia and bangus fingerlings…

Fisherfolk in Cordillera harvest 5.09 MT tilapia

CORDILLERA, April 1-16, 2020 – The implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) did not hinder the fishers in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to harvest their tilapia from the Aquaculture…

Urban Agriculture: Coping With Crisis Towards Food Security

PART 1: Container and Vertical Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs Living situation in urban areas, such as Metro Manila, Baguio City, and Cebu, is becoming more and more difficult because…

SAAD NorCot farmers’ association supports communities by supplying fresh table eggs

NORTH COTABATO, April 16, 2020 – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmers’ association of Barangay Carugmanan, Banisilan extended assistance to their communities by supplying 14 trays of fresh table…

SAAD distributes carabaos to 60 Bohol farmers

BOHOL, March 30, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program – Bohol team distributed carabaos to 60 farmers from the municipality of Buenavista…

Zamboanga del Norte SAAD FAs marketed 3,500 chickens during GCQ

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 15, 2020 - A total of 3,500 head of broiler chicken from the farmers’ associations supported by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program were…

SAAD Region 9 staff initiates fundraising for 300 underprivileged families in Zamboanga City during ECQ

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 15-16, 2020 –  The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program field implementers of Region 9 initiated a fundraising program they call…

Bangus fisherfolks harvested 1.455 tons in Bohol

BOHOL, April 11-12, 2020 – Fisherfolk beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program managed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 7 harvested 1.455…

Partnership is the key for food accessibility and affordability amid COVID-19 in Sulu

SULU, April 16, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmers in the province and barangay officials of Barangay Laum Suah in…

SAAD refocuses its 2020 activities for immediate impact to sustain PH’s food security amid COVID-19

METRO MANILA, April 12, 2020 – President Rodrigo Duterte imposed the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and other regions in Visayas and Mindanao due to the increasing number of…

SAAD implementers serve as DA’s COVID-19 frontliners in NorMin

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Notwithstanding life-threatening risks, SAAD Region 10 implementers served as the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) frontliners by providing agricultural services in Northern Mindanao amid nationwide implementation…

More SAAD Sorsogon farmers earn money amidst COVID-19 pandemic

SORSOGON PROVINCE, April 6, 2020 – As the Department of Agriculture (DA) rolls its Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels in this province, more farmer-beneficiaries of the Special Area…

SAAD distributes vegetable seeds in support to DA Region 10’s ALPAS Kontra sa Covid 19

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 2, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program´s first initiative amidst COVID 19 pandemic is the provision of vegetable seeds, which helps…

Seeds without Borders: A new normal for Philippine agricultural development

Philippines is still an agriculture-based economy where majority of its population lives in rural areas with employment in agriculture reported at 22.10 % in early 2019[1].  The increasing population in the country…

SAAD Sorsogon farmers sell produce in Kadiwa outlet during COVID-19 pandemic

SORSOGON, March 23, 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of Bicol Region visited the Binanuahan Vegetable Farmers’ Association managed by Fe Guardian at barangay Binanuahan in…

Bilanghoy: “Poor man’s crop” no more

Bilanghoy (Waray term for cassava) was once considered a “lowly” crop and cultivated mainly by smallholder farmers for food consumption. It is an alternative staple food for Filipinos, especially in rural areas,…

The Making of a Farmer–Entrepreneur

Rural development is increasingly linked to entrepreneurship, which is seen as an intervention that could promote and speed up the development process. To meet the challenges of becoming agricultural entrepreneurs,…

35 Mis Occ farmers receive Php 1.1M worth of livestock

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, March 11-12, 2020 – Thirty-five (35) Misamis Occidental farmers from the municipality of Bonifacio received Php 1,125,000 worth of interventions for Carabao and Swine Production Project from the…

Tactical Agriculture

Social media netizen Raul Reyes commented on the recent breaking news posted on Facebook, “NEDA says SAAD contributes to Region 8’s decrease in poverty.”  Here is his remark in toto:…

SAAD to partner with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions in CARAGA

BUTUAN CITY, 24 February 2020 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking to partner with the Global Partnership for Sustainable…

SAAD turns over ₱12.5m worth of farm inputs to Labason, Siocon farmers

Zamboanga del Norte, March 3-4, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Office (RFO) 9 turned over a…

SAAD joins DA-SPCMAD’s 2019 Year-End Assessment

DAVAO CITY, March 6, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, represented by Deputy Director Ulysses Lustria, Jr., joined the Department of Agriculture (DA) -  Special Projects…

SAAD aligns FY 2021 funding proposals to new budget system

PAMPANGA, February 28, 2020 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) aligned its funding proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 to the new budget system…

SAAD grants Panaon farmers Php 2M worth of farm inputs

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, February 20, 2020 - Two hundred (200) farmers from 16 Barangays in the municipality of Panaon received farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Special Area for…

8 barangays of Magpet, North Cotabato receive SAAD interventions

NORTH COTABATO, February 19, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of Regional Field Office (RFO) XII conducted a three-day distribution of interventions…

TIKA extends assistance to SAAD rice farmers in Eastern Samar

QUEZON CITY, March 2, 2020 – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) expressed its support to provide agricultural assistance to the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program rice…

Loving Our Farmers

Farmers are a special breed of people who don’t get enough credit for what they do. They subject themselves to the hard labor of going out every day to tend…

SAAD turns over etag chamber and compost shed to Mt. Province farmers association

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, January 22, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Mountain Province turns over etag chamber in Ankileng, Sagada and compost shed in Catengan, Besao.…

Things to consider in managing an egg-laying machine

If one plans to start or has started raising chickens for egg production, one needs to understand flock production capabilities. In this article, we will share how our SAAD farmer-beneficiaries,…

SAAD ZaNorte: Encouraging youth and farmers’ associations to be in love with agriculture

DIPOLOG CITY - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Provincial Coordinator (PC) of Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte), Ronilo Dusaban, revealed that the program’s partnership with the Pamansalan Eco-Tech High School…

Kalinga beneficiary thanks SAAD for rice-fish system

Sixty-six-year-old Kalinga beneficiary Maximo W. Wallis thanks the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program for the additional livelihood he received, the…

BFAR SAAD distributes boats to 30 Agusan del Sur fisherfolk

AGUSAN DEL SUR, 3 February 2020 – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in CARAGA  Region (BFAR-13) distributed 30 units of brand new fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) paddle…

PH joins learning visit to explore Regional Cooperation in Seed Sector

BANGLADESH AND INDIA, January 27 to February 1, 2020 – A six-member delegation from the Philippines joined a learning visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh and New Delhi, India to explore Regional…

NEDA says SAAD contributes to Region 8’s decrease in poverty

TACLOBAN CITY, 31 January 2020 – In her report, National Economic Development Agency (NEDA) VIII Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales said that the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

SAAD awards Php 7.2m worth cheques to Bohol

BOHOL, 28 January 2020 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 7 awarded a total of Php 7.2…

Small Margus Farmers Association celebrates harvest festival

SARANGANI, January 21, 2020 - Ninety (90) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) B’laan farmers of the Small Margus Farmers Association from Sitio Kare, Barangay Small Margus, Glan celebrated their…

SAAD awards 199 aquaculture packages to Conner and Kabugao, Apayao

PROVINCE OF APAYAO, January 22, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) awarded 199 packages of aquaculture inputs…

RED Cedeño leads turnover of SAAD interventions in Talipao, Sulu

SULU, January 20, 2020 -  Newly-appointed Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director (RED) Rad Donn Cedeño led the turnover of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s 2018…

Misamis Occidental farmers receive P11.6m worth of livestock, seeds, machinery

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, January 16-17, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmer-beneficiaries in the province received Php 7.4 million worth of livestock, seeds, and other interventions under…

DA SAAD and BPI explore Taiwan’s Precision Agriculture

TAIWAN, January 6-10, 2020 – To unlock the full potential of Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) sent three of its staff from the Special Area for Agricultural Development…

SAAD awards national winners of the Saga 2019

BAGUIO CITY, January 7, 2020 — The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded the national winners of its Saga event for 2019 during the…

SAAD’s partnership with ATI, BPI, AMAS, GoNegosyo

BAGUIO CITY, January 6 to 10, 2020 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) strengthened its partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute…

SAAD RPMSO 8 tops FY 2019 Annual Financial and Physical Assessment

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program top performer is Regional Program Management Support Office (RPMSO) 8 for Fiscal Year (FY)…

SAAD improves national office, strengthens partnership with ATI

TAGAYTAY CITY, December 16-19, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) improved its National Program Management Office’s (NPMO) structure and strengthened its…

SAAD’s National Farmers Database System enhanced

BAGUIO CITY, 9 to 13 December 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program enhanced its National Farmers Database System during the 2nd Assessment and Planning Workshop held…

GoNegosyo to extend support to SAAD beneficiaries in Sarangani

SARANGANI, December 11, 2019 — GoNegosyo extended its support to provide marketing assistance to SAAD beneficiaries in the Sarangani province through a joint initiative meeting held at Sarangani Provincial Capitol.…

SAAD joins effort to enhance social protection against disasters

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, December 10, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program took part in a knowledge sharing activity entitled, “Scaling Up Forecast Based Early Action…

SAAD Mindanao B Cluster conducts Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 9 to 12, 2019 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program - Mindanao B Cluster (Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) XI,…

SAAD Regions IX and X empowered thru values formation workshop

DAVAO CITY, November 25-28, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a three-day Values Formation Workshop at the Philippine Coconut…

257 aquaculture packages distributed to Flora and Sta. Marcela, Apayao

PROVINCE OF APAYAO, November 26-27, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) distributed 257 packages of aquaculture inputs…

DA-SAAD CAR conducts 4th Quarter Regional Assessment

BAGUIO CITY, November 25-27, 2019 – The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) held its 4th Quarter Regional Assessment at New…

Sarangani conducts final SAAD Saga event for 2019

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 26, 2019 – The province of Sarangani conducted the final Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Saga event for 2019 which was attended by 314 farmer-beneficiaries at…

SAAD Regions 6 and 7 attend Values Formation Workshop

BAYBAY, LEYTE – Provincial and Area Coordinators as well as Administrative staff of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Regions 6 and 7 attended a Values Formation…

DA-SAAD Iloilo conducts Planning Workshop for FY 2020

Harbor Town Hotel, ILOILO CITY, November 20-22, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6 conducts Planning Workshop for FY 2020…

Think Well, Feel Well, and Do Well SAAD

BAYBAY, LEYTE – Fifty-six (56) participants from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Region 8 participated in a Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop held from November 11…

SAAD Luzon Cluster conducts Teamwork and Values Formation Workshop

Philippine Carabao Center, Science City of Muñoz, NUEVA ECIJA, November 4-7, 2019 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a three-day…

SAAD enhances implementing guidelines FY 2020-2022

CAR – In a meeting on the 15th of November 2019, Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Director Myer Mula discussed the program’s enhanced implementing guidelines for FY 2020-2022 with…

BFAR SAAD holds FY 2019 3rd Quarter Review and Assessment

The Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) held its FY 2019 3rd Quarter Review and Assessment from 12 to 15…

SAAD participates in Conference for Family Farming and the Youth

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture participated in the Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement (KLMPE) Conference entitled…

SAAD staff completes the Entrepreneurial Development Training

TAGAYTAY CITY – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program national, regional, and provincial staff of the Department of Agriculture (DA) completed the 4th and last module of the Entrepreneurial…

DA Secretary Dar at SAAD Saga in Region 8: rural farmers, heroes of the countryside

PALO, LEYTE – “Rural farmers are the heroes of the countryside.” The Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar emphasized the big role of the rural farmers as heroes…

SAAD welcomes new Program Director Dr. Myer Mula

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) national, regional, and provincial staff welcomes its new Director, Dr. Myer…

SAAD concludes its 3rd Quarter Assessment for the year 2019

DAVAO CITY – The Special Area for Agriculture Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) concluded its FY 2019 3rd Quarter Physical and Financial Assessment on the 18th…

SAAD distributes more than 2,700 mallard ducks in Bukidnon

IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 10 distributed 2,757 mallard ducks to Bukidnon farmers on October 15, 2019.…

SAAD distributes Vegetable Production inputs to Catanduanes

CATANDUANES – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Catanduanes of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed inputs for Vegetable Production Project to six (6) covered municipalities, which are Bagamanoc,…

SAAD celebrates Upland Rice Harvest Field Day in Sindangan, ZaNorte

SINDANGAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program from Barangay Imelda, municipality of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte)…

More disease-free, tissue-cultured banana plantlets for Siayan farmers

SIAYAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – From over 30,000 disease-free, tissue-cultured lakatan plantlets distributed from 2017 and 2018, the farmer-partners from seven (7) barangays of Siayan received additional planting inputs of…

DA 12 RED Casis to NoCot farmers: plant for readily available food

NORTH COTABATO – “Magtanim para hindi na kayo bibili, nandiyan na ang healthy food sa paligid. Every time gusto mong magluto, mayroon kang lulutuin at mayroon kang ibebenta.” The Department…

SAAD joins Social Security Academy, PH ranked 2nd best delegation

The Philippines ranked 2nd Best Delegation among 32 countries and some international organizations in the ninth edition of the Social Security Summer Academy held from 16 to 27 September 2019…

Palay threshers distributed to Masbate farmers’ associations

PROVINCE OF MASBATE – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed five (5) rice (palay) threshers to the three (3) farmer’s associations…

Sulu Gov Tan impressed with DA SAAD livelihood projects

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…

SAAD farmers in Sarangani performed mass harvest activity

GLAN, SARANGANI – Farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture's Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) from Sitio Datalbulol, Barangay Sufatubo, from the municipality of Glan, Sarangani province, harvested upland rice…

DA-SAAD awards sheep and hand tractors to Apayao farmers

APAYAO, CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION – The municipality of Flora, Apayao celebrated its Kabinnulig Festival 2019 and it highlighted the awarding of certificates of 5 units of hand tractors and 58…

Farmer Associations in Apayao received 30 horses from TIKA

CONNER, APAYAO – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) awarded horses to farmer-partners in the province of Apayao through the Special Area of Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the…

Farmer-individuals of Catanduanes received draft animals

Province of Catanduanes – The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program distributed draft animals to the municipalities of Bagamanoc, Bato, Gigmoto, and San Miguel. A total of…

Cotabato farmers taught goat production by DA-SAAD

KIDAPAWAN CITY, NORTH COTABATO – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a goat production training last September 12, 2019. The associations…

Barangays from Apayao received corn seeds, rice seeds, urea, and complete fertilizer

KABUGAO, APAYAO – The Department of Agriculture’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program distributed 100 bags of corn and complete packages of fertilizer to 50 farmer-partners of Kabugao on…