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.
In pursuit of the program’s improvement of the farmers’ knowledge, the training aims to enhance their skills in new farming technologies for sustainable income and livelihood.
Amy Parillo, SAAD Area Coordinator for Toboso, said the participants attended 6 batches of a one-day training from April 29 to May 7 with the collaboration of the provincial local government unit.
She said that all farmer-partners were encouraged to undergo SAAD training for them to become competitive in their corn production.
All of the participants came from the town’s upland villages that received corn production intervention packages.
“The learning and skills that our recipients got from the training would help them increase their corn yield. Despite the pandemic, they were all motivated to attend the training and that’s a good point,” Parillo said.
Three corn specialists from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) of Negros Occidental – Agriculturist II Victor Llassos, Agricultural Technician Camille Cahilig, and Agriculturist I Meriam Defensor Era – served as resource persons.
The topics discussed were integrated nutrient management and pest management, cultural management, post-harvest, soil health, and fertilizers computation.
For her part, Rossel Salazar of Barangay Bandila Farmers Association expressed her appreciation to the DA-SAAD Region 6 for the support provided to them to broaden their knowledge and skills.
“Kanami gid sang mga proyekto kag trainings nga ginahatag sang SAAD sa amon. Tungod sa training, napaabut gid sa amon ang insakto nga pag-apply sang abuno sa amon mais kag tanan nga hilimuon para magnami ang amon pagtanum sang mga mais. (The projects and training granted to us by the SAAD [Program] were all beneficial. During the training, we learned how to properly fertilize our corn as well as various techniques on how to improve our yield),” Salazar said.
To note, the SAAD Program allocated Php 3,407,400 to beneficiaries in the municipality of Toboso under FY 2021. The fund was intended for social preparatory activities and training and intervention packages such as production inputs, post-harvest equipment, and machinery. ###
Writer: CJ Gamarcha, Information Officer – SAAD Region 6
Copy-editor: Andrea Ragot, PR and Comms Officer – SAAD NPMO