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 fertilizers, 20 packs of pinakbet seeds (okra, eggplant, ampalaya, and tomato), sinigang seeds (radish, string beans, petchay, finger pepper, kangkong, and eggplant), and 2 units of knapsack sprayers (common use) worth Php 248,980 covering 20 hectares under the FY 2019 funds. Each of the 20 farmer-recipients of Brgy Kisupaan, President Roxas, North Cotabato received 2 sacks of upland rice seeds, 2 sacks of urea, 2 sacks of complete fertilizers, and 1 pack of pinakbet seeds or sinigang seeds, costing Php 12,449.
The distribution of the SAAD North Cotabato team is in cooperation with the Office of Provincial Agriculturist, Municipal Agriculture Offices, and the concerned municipal and barangay local government units.
During the distribution ceremony, Agricultural Technician (AT) Rezardo Bred gave an inspirational message to the farmer-beneficiaries. He said, “This project is a big help in terms of food production. Kailangan talaga maitanim ang mga seeds dahil malaki ang tulong nito sa pagbibigay ng pagkain lalo na sa hirap ng buhay ngayon.” (It’s important to plant the seeds as this is a big help for us to produce food, especially in this time of crisis).
Furthermore, Brgy. Councilor Dante Cacactin expressed his gratitude to the SAAD. “We are so happy to receive an intervention especially this time of crisis. Thank you to SAAD, for this is not just a 2-3 day assistance. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin na may mapagkukunan ng pagkain at makapagdagdag kita pa sa aming mga mahihirap. Thank you dahil nakita niyo po talaga, SAAD, na kinakailangan namin ng tulong,” he shared. (It is a big help for us, poor people, to get access to food and generate additional income. Thank you SAAD, because you have seen that we really need help.)
The training and orientation was conducted prior to COVID-19 pandemic.###
Anisa Allyn M. Saaduddin, SAAD Project Development Officer I
Jemiema Arro, SAAD Public Relations and Communications Officer