BOHOL, March 4, 2022 – In efforts to rehabilitate agricultural lands after serious damage left by Typhoon Odette, 10 farmers’ cooperative and associations (FCAs) in Bohol received banana plantlets from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Central Visayas.
In February 2022, 10 FAs with 155 member-beneficiaries from municipalities of President Carlos P. Garcia, Mabini, and Buenavista received cardava and lakatan plantlets under the FY 2021 Banana- Sweet Potato Production Project worth Php 2.3 million.
Table 1. Interventions received per farmers’ cooperative and associations (FCAs)
Jocelyn Camanse of Putingbato United SAAD Farmers’ Association, expressed her gratitude to the DA Region 7, for receiving cardava and lakatan plantlets under the SAAD program.
“Ako mapasalamaton sa SAAD ug sa ilang mga gipanghatag sama niining saging, kay ang among mga tanom gihurot gyud sa pag-agi sa bagyong Odette niadtong Disyembre. Maong kining gipanghatag sa SAAD amoa gyud kini nga padaghanon ug ampingan kay sa umaabot pohon nga panahon, kini makahatag ug dakong tabang kanamo ug sa among pamilya kung kini magbunga na”, Ms. Camanse shared.
(I am grateful to the SAAD Program for providing us with these banana plantlets. In December 2021, Typhoon Odette destroyed our crops. We will take care of the interventions and increase production to ensure the project’s long-term viability; for this will be beneficial to me and my family when harvest time arrives.)
The distribution was led by SAAD Bohol Provincial Coordinator, Ma. Reigelyn U. Malarijes; and SAAD Area Coordinators: Juge Mhel E. Muring (Mabini), Grace T. Cutanda (Pres. CPG), and Ryan Caesar B. Pamugas (Buenavista).
Banana is an apt intervention to meet market demand since most bananas sold in Bohol markets come from Mindanao. The beneficiaries started planting the banana plantlets on February 28th, 2022 and estimated 1st harvest will be from December 2022 until January 2023.
In addition, SAAD Bohol staff continue the assessment of other banana farmers affected by Typhoon Odette to come up with the most favorable time for an intervention. ###
Writer: Jolina T. Daño, DA-SAAD7 Information Officer
Source: SAAD Bohol PPMSO