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 1,011,000 in Sianan, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte on August 12.
Through the DA – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, the three identified farmers and irrigators associations, namely: Sianan Makogihon Farmers’ Association (SMFA) (40 members), Lomogom Irrigators Association (25 members), and Gutayan-Domalinao Irrigators’ Association (40 members) received the livelihood project.
SAAD provided 60 bags of organic fertilizers, 70 bags of inorganic fertilizers, and some assorted vegetable seeds per association. SMFA also received one unit thresher and one unit rice mill. On the other hand, Gutayan-Domalinao Irrigators’ Association received one unit of rice mill. Each package of intervention is good for approximately 12 hectares.
The interventions provided are under the FY 2020 and 2021 Upland Rice Production project of the program.
“The DA and other government agencies will remain steadfast in providing the support you need, so you do not have to worry,” assured RED Cedeño.
Emphasizing on the importance of the farmers’ role in making the project successful, Godod Mayor Abel Matildo urged the farmers to do their part in sustaining the livelihood project.
“Since you are provided with immediate assistance by the government, all you have to invest is the diligence and dedication for the development of your association and your way of living,” said the Mayor.
Also present were Agricultural Program Coordinator George B. Vallente, SAAD Provincial Coordinator Roger Dave F. Gramatica, Barangay Sianan Captain Euberto B. Badivas, SB Member Ricky Tuanda SAAD LGU focal person Rose Gandamon and other LGU personnel. ###
Writer: Aimee Lou D. Madjus, Information Officer- DA Region 9, SAAD
Copy-editor: Natalianne Marie O. Delos Reyes, PR and Comms Officer- SAAD NPMO