BOHOL, January 10, 2022 – Farmers from Mabini, Bohol received Php 3.8 million worth of carabaos as well as corn and peanut seeds from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program to boost agricultural production in the community.
Carabaos as draft animals
Fifteen beneficiaries received 15 caraheifers, each weighing a minimum of 200 kilograms (kg), on December 14, 2021 under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Integrated Carabao-Based Production with a total project cost amounting to Php 1.8 million.
The distribution was done in a draw lot system through ear tag numbers. Aside from the intervention, beneficiaries were given biologics to ensure the health of the animal before the distribution.
Julwena Orias, a SAAD beneficiary from Barangay Minol, expressed her gratitude for the people behind the program and said,
“Nalipay kaayo ko ug dako, sa atong programa, tungod kay daghan kaayo mig nadawat nga interventions sama sa libreng abuno, seeds, mga libreng gamit sama sa drums, hose, ug sprayer, niresulta sa paglambo ang among mga tanom ug among kinabuhi. Nakahatag mi sa among mga silingan, nakakaon mig insakto, ug nakapamaligya pagid mi,” she shared.
(I am very happy with this program, because of the interventions and the fertilizers, seeds, and farm materials like drums, hose, and knapsack sprayer I received. The program has made a great impact in our lives, I was able to share my harvest with my neighbors, I have provided food for my family at our table, and we were able to sell our harvest.)
In the agreement, once the carabao gives birth, each beneficiary will pass on two carabaos, one for their respective association and one for another SAAD beneficiary. After completing the ‘pass-on, pass-back scheme’, each farmer can utilize the mother carabao.
Corn and peanut production
The FY 2021 Corn-Peanut Production project in Mabini amounts to Php 2 million and benefited 60 farmers. Fifty (50) farmers from barangays San Isidro (9), San Jose (7), Abaca (8), and Aguipo (26) received the inputs on December 10, 2021, while 10 farmers (Abaca – 2, and Minol – 8) were granted last December 14.
The interventions under corn-peanut production were corn seeds, inorganic fertilizers, weighing scale, empty sack, vermicast, pesticides, corn sheller, and peanut seeds.
The distribution of inputs was based on the area provided by the beneficiaries whereby 2,500-5,000 square meters farm received a sack of corn and peanut seeds, while farmers with a tillable area of 1 hectare received two sacks of corn and peanut seeds.
Felix Lusaran Jr., corn-peanut production project beneficiary, was grateful to receive the grant from the SAAD Program. He plans to plant the seeds as soon as his land is ready and will share his blessings.
“Palambuon nako ang mga gipanghatag sa programa aron makapanghatag ko sa among mga silingan, amigo, ug makabaligya aron magka income ug makakaon akong pamilya”, he shared.
(I will work hard and plant these seeds, I will share my harvest with my neighbors and friends, and sell my products to earn income and to provide food for my family.)
Present on the distribution activity were SAAD Regional Focal Person Aurea Madrio, Mabini Municipal Agriculturist Maria Royana Milana, SAAD Bohol Provincial Focal Ian Egam, SAAD Bohol Provincial Coordinator Maria Reigelyn Malarijes, Mabini Area Coordinator Juge Mhel Epe-Muring, as well as SAAD regional and provincial staff.
As the SAAD interventions provide supplementary opportunities to the community, integrated vegetable and carabao production beneficiaries assured to fulfill their responsibilities to improve crop cultural management in increasing productivity and the same time repopulate the carabaos for distribution. ###
Writer: Jolina T. Dano, DA-SAAD 7 Information Officer
Source: Juge Mhel E. Muring, Mabini, Bohol Area Coordinator