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Php 2.2M worth of SAAD interventions delivered to 821 Antique farmers

ANTIQUE, June 21, 2022 – To assist Antique farmers in cultivating various crops for sustenance and enterprise, 26 existing group beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program received additional support such as plows, harrows, and inorganic fertilizer worth Php 2.2 million.

These interventions were distributed on May 18 to the municipalities of Valderrama, San Remigio, and Laua-an, Antique under the components of Corn and Peanut Production, Ginger Production, and Vegetable Production Project Packages.

Since its inception, the SAAD program in coordination with the local government units (LGU), has implemented various livelihood projects to provide farmers with additional income and stable supply. In fact, Antique has a total budget allocation of Php 91,711,946 from 2019 to 2021 aiding 8,061 members of 202 farmer associations. They received interventions from rice, corn, vegetable, livestock, and poultry projects.

The continuous efforts to enhance the beneficiaries’ livelihood, contributed to the agricultural production in the region with the biggest annual growth of 4.7% recorded by PSA in 2020 (at constant 2018 prices).

Valderrama, Antique

Ten (10) FAs in Valderrama accepted 35 harrows, 35 plows, 200 bags of T14, and 10 bags of muriate potash to support the Corn and Peanut Production project provided to them in July 2021. These farm tools will help them maximize production levels (from subsistence to enterprise), cut down production costs, and contribute to ease of corn and peanut land preparation and cultivation.

Corn Production

Three FAs reported 446 sacks of consolidated corn cob harvest from their 10.5 hectares (ha) production area. This provided them Php 132,202 gross income in November 2021 while the remaining hybrid corn seeds were planted mid-March this year and are to be harvested this July.

One of these FAs, the Takas Imbangga-an Tangke Irrigators’ Association (TITIA) story on corn production was featured here https://saad.da.gov.ph/2022/02/farmer-earns-php-46k-from-corn-production.

Peanut Production

On May 31, seven FAs also received 5,800 kilograms (kg) of peanut seeds which were distributed based on each FA’s communal production area. They will simultaneously plant the seeds during the planting season in July.

After each FAs harvest, they will give back one-third of their harvest to the association, and the seeds collected will be used for replanting.

San Remigio, Antique

Five FAs from San Remigio who are beneficiaries of SAAD’s FY 2022 Ginger Production Project received 35 units each of harrows and plows. These farming tools are proven and will further increase labor efficiency and productivity on the farm and likewise minimize labor time and various costs.

On March 22, 2022, each FA was provided with 200kg of ginger rhizomes to be cultivated in each one’s 1,600 to 2,000 square meters (sqm) communal production area. The gingers are in the vegetative stage (approximately 21cm in height) after planting in April. The full maturity of plants is in 10-12 months from sprouting, and harvest is expected in February 2023.

Lauan, Antique

Meanwhile, 8 FAs from Laua-an received 575 bags of inorganic fertilizer as support inputs for their vegetable production; while 3 FAs were provided with 150 bags to support their peanut production.

Vegetable production

On March 3, the farmers received pinakbet seeds while post-harvest inputs such as seedling trays, plastic crates, pump and engine set, weighing scale, and granule applicator are set to be delivered in July.

The ampalaya, eggplant, okra, squash, and tomato, will be simultaneously planted in August and September to a consolidated production area of 31.5ha after harvesting their midland rice. They practice crop rotation, growing different kinds of crops such as rice, peanut, and vegetable in recurrent sessions on the same land.

Peanut production

The 3 FAs will receive 4,750kg of peanut seeds in July during its planting season. This will be cultivated to a total area of 32.15ha.

Table 1. Antique FA’s agri inputs and farming tools from SAAD

Municipality Farmer Association Farming tools and inputs received Project Total
(Php)
Valderrama Barangay Takas Farmers Association/BTFA
(10 members)
5 plows
5 harrows
In Support to FY 2021 Corn Production 54,880.00
Takas Imbangga-an Tangke Irrigators Association
(10 members)
5 plows
5 harrows
54,880.00
Mambudan Valderrama Irrigators Association
(10 members)
5 plows
5 harrows
54,880.00
Katiringban kang Magagmay nga Mangunguma sa Buluangan II kag Sitio Dugman/KMMB2D
(60 members)
2 plows
2 harrows
In Support to FY 2020 Peanut Production 21,952.00
Katiringban kang Mangunguma sa Pandanan Multipurpose Cooperative/KAMPA
(70 members)
2 plows
2 harrows
21,952.00
Borocboroc, Manlacbo, Bunsod, Lublub Farmer Association/BMBLFA
(136 members)
4 plows
4 harrows
43,904.00
Lublub Fresh Vegetable Noodle Makers Association/Lublub FVNMA
(25 members)
4 plows
4 harrows
43,904.00
Manlacbo Farmers Association/Manlacbo FA
(50 members)
3 plows
3 harrows
32,928.00
Tigmamale Agrarian Reform Cooperative/ Tigmamale ARC
(50 members)
3 plows
3 harrows
In Support to FY 2021 Peanut Production 32,928.00
Nabuyong Lublub Farmers Association/NALUFA
(50 members)
2 plows
2 harrows
21,952.00
Subtotal 384,160.00
San Remigio Orquia Farmers Association (60 members) 7 plows
7 harrows
76,832.00
Nagbangi I Organic Farmers Association
(20 members)
7 plows
7 harrows
76,832.00
Nagbangi II Farmers Association
(20 members)
7 plows
7 harrows
76,832.00
Tubudan Farmers Association
(20 members)
7 plows
7 harrows
76,832.00
Stone Cave La Union Farmers Association
(20 members)
7 plows
7 harrows
76,832.00
Subtotal 384,160.00
Laua-an Capnayan Igmatongtong Farmers Association
(20 members)
30 bags T14
15 bags 0-0-60
10 bags Urea
FY 2022 Vegetable Production 107,625.00
Pandanan Farmers Association
(20 members)
30 bags T14
15 bags 0-0-60
10 bags Urea
107,625.00
Paningayan Farmers Association
(20 members)
30 bags T14
15 bags 0-0-60
10 bags Urea
107,625.00
Virginia Farmers Association
(20 members)
30 bags T14
15 bags 0-0-60
10 bags Urea
107,625.00
Iraynon Bukidnon Indigenous People of Maybunga Organization
(20 members)
30 bags T14
15 bags 0-0-60
10 bags Urea
107,625.00
Ratanila Cluster Level Association
(20 members)
30 bags T14
30 bags 0-0-60
30 bags Urea
184,620.00
Lupa-an Farmers Irrigators Association
(20 members)
40 bags T14
40 bags 0-0-60
40 bags Urea
246,160.00
Necessito Indigenous People Organization
(10 members)
30 bags T14
30 bags 0-0-60
30 bags Urea
184,620.00
Tibacan Laua-an Integrated Farmers Association
(20 members)
50 bags T14 In Support to 2021 Peanut Production 94,000.00
Lactudan Farmers Association
(20 members)
50 bags T14 94,000.00
Canituan Farmers Association
(20 members)
50 bags T14 94,000.00
Subtotal 1,435,525.00
Total 2,203,845.00

These inputs serve as starting capital to the 821 farmers, alongside extension services such as training on crops management, capability building, technical writing, and simple bookkeeping.

Present during the delivery of the inputs were SAAD Regional Staff Reah Garduce, and Antique Area Coordinators Elvin Acosta, Christine Joy Teodoro, and Jessa Joaquin. ###

Writer: Cedie Bataga, DA-SAAD 6 Information Officer

Reference: 

Philippine Statistics Authority. (2020). Western Visayas recorded the biggest growth in agricultural production at 4.7 percent in 2020 retrieved from https://psa.gov.ph/content/western-visayas-recorded-biggest-growth-agricultural-production-47-percent-2020-constant

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