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The Special Area for Agricultural Development Program’s news releases, including features and other articles, are produced and published daily by its Director, Deputy Director, as well as Public Relations and Communications Officers from the national and regional offices. Writers from the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Sections also contribute.

OccMin Mangyan IP farmers received Php 848k for rice, and crops production

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, December 31, 2022 - Rice and crops farmers belonging to the Mangyan indigenous community receive Php 848,000.00 worth of planting materials for rice, mungbean, and peanut production from…

Boholano farmers join Bohol’s 8th Pamaskong Tabod

BOHOL, December 29, 2022 - Boholano farmers assisted by the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program gathered for the 8th Pamaskong Tabo 2022 with a…

Carving Spaces for Women in Agriculture (Part 2)

Prime Mover of Food Security  When most people are forced to stay home due to the enforced community quarantine brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March 2020, Mrs. Luisa…

Carving Spaces for Women in Agriculture (Part 1)

Story of Resilience Amid Adversity   In Negros Occidental, rural women carved their paths and planted their contributions in the agriculture sector.  They touch, dig, and caress the earth to make…

SAAD grants chicken housing to 3 Dabawenyo FAs

DAVAO DE ORO, December 19, 2022 - In a continuous bid to promote community-based enterprises (CBEs) among its beneficiaries, the Department of Agriculture Region 11 through the Special Area for…

BFAR CAR orients LGUs for SAAD Phase 2 implementation

Padayon Gihapon: Southern Leyte farmers road to abundant harvest

Libagon is a 5th-class coastal municipality in Southern Leyte with a population of 15,244 individuals that represents 3.55% of the provincial population according to 2020 data of Philippine Statistics Authority…

SAAD MIMAROPA implementers upskilled for SAAD Phase 2

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, December 16, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program MiMaRoPa trains 17 regional and provincial staff on marketing and organizational management…

SAAD abaca farmers on their way to sustainability

AGUSAN DEL SUR, December 14, 2022 - Toward sustainable enterprising, and encouraging more local fiber production, the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)- assisted Muritula USAD Farmers’…

6 FAs in Kalinga received Php 4M worth of DA-SAAD livelihood projects

KALINGA, December 14, 2022 - To provide assistance to community-based enterprises, six (6) farmers’ associations (FAs) in Tinglayan were awarded with Php 4,569,200 worth of agricultural livelihood assistance from the…

SAAD 11 conducts terminal assessment, reports 92% total disbursement of projects

DAVAO DE ORO, December 13, 2022 - To cap off its final year of implementation, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Regional Program Management Support…

ZaNorte farmers ventures in Ginger Production through DA-SAAD

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, December 13, 2022 -  Landlocked municipality in Zamboanga del Norte, surrounded by ginger producing communities now ventures into ginger production with the aid of the Department of…

35 SAAD-assisted Boholano farmers graduated from AMIA 7 CrFS

BOHOL, December 13, 2022 - Thirty-five (35) beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program graduated from the  Department of Agriculture - Adaptation Mitigation Initiative…

Applai IP swine raisers train on low-cost feed formulation and biosecurity

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, December 13, 2022 -  As hog feeds continues to surge in the market, 13 indigenous Applai tribe beneficiaries of Swine Repopulation Program received a 3-day farm-based Swine Production…

970 Catanduanes farmers graduate from the SAAD Program

CATANDUANES, December 13, 2022 – Thirty-eight (38) farmer associations (FAs) consisting of nine hundred seventy (970) farmer-beneficiaries from the province of Catanduanes were commended in a series of recognition ceremonies…

KSFA helps revive the local hog industry through sustainable SAAD project execution

The high demand for pork in the market encourages farmers or aspiring ones to venture into pig farming as a lucrative venture. With proper management of the litter and the…

SAAD Program conducts PRA Workshop in preparation for Phase 2

QUEZON CITY, December 6, 2022 - Banking on the learnings from the Phase 1 implementation, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) in partnership with the…

In celebration of National Social Welfare Week

QUEZON CITY,  December 7, 2022 - Undeniably our current social and economic condition remains in crisis and continues to exacerbate the lives of the marginalized Filipino people. From the plummeting…

IPs secure vegetable supplies in ELCAC barangay

APAYAO, December 7, 2022 - With the challenge of having low supply of vegetables in their community, 15 Indigenous People (IP) from the Itawes, Isnag, Kankana-ey, and Tingguian communities came…

Eggs-tra mom: Talipao SAAD farmer’s poultry journey

 Background Arfhaina Antayani, 37-year-old, is a mother of four (4), and president of the Sahaya Sin Kawman Farmers Association (SSKFA) based in Barangay Lumping Pigih Daho, Talipao, Sulu. She also…

Poona Piagapo farmers receive Php 2.3M worth of farm machinery from DA-SAAD 10

LANAO DEL NORTE, December 6, 2022 - To increase farm efficiency and productivity, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture - Northern Mindanao (DA-10)…

SAAD upgrades database management system for Phase 2

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 29, 2022 - Transitioning to an improved database management system, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Information Technology (IT) national…

A-maize-ing Ratagnon-Mangyan farmers earn Php 504k from SAAD corn project

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, November 29, 2022 - Indigenous Ratagnon-Mangyan farmers recorded a cumulative harvest of  28 metric tons (MT) yellow corn, while offering post-harvest services out of Corn Production Project FY…

Apayao FCA profits from egg enterprise

APAYAO, November 29, 2022 - After engaging in various production interventions provided by the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) program, the Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association (ULFA) ventured…

Bontoc IP members enhance skills on meat processing and marketing

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, November 24, 2022 - In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Mountain Province, the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program…

Herding her future: SAAD farmer bought lot, built house from goat raising income

“Kaning lote ug payag, tungod sa kanding jud ni” (The lot and this house, they’re from the goats). In Barangay Mahayahay, Maragusan, Narcisa Navales starts and ends her day herding…

SAAD Boholano graduates transition to their new phase

BOHOL, November 23, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Bohol recognized performing farmers and associations during the conduct of its stakeholders’ meeting…

DA-12 strengthens SK farmer groups, preps for a livelihood project

SULTAN KUDARAT, November 23, 2022 – Twenty (20) members of a newly organized farmers group in Sultan Kudarat underwent multiple capacity-building training under the social preparation component before receiving the…

598 farmers from Sorsogon graduate from SAAD

SORSOGON, November 22, 2022 - Sixteen (16) farmers associations (FAs) consisting of 598 farmers from the Municipality of Pilar, Sorsogon were the first group of beneficiaries in the Bicol Region…

Mountain Province sugarcane farmers enhance skills on Muscovado processing and marketing

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, November 21, 2022 – With the aim to increase and upgrade processing and marketing of muscovado sugar in Mabalite, Tadian, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for…

Applai Mountain Province IP group earns Php 246K income from DA-SAAD sugarcane production

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, November 21, 2022 - Indigenous Applai sugarcane producers recorded a cumulative income of Php 246,144.00 from two (2) cycles of muscovado sugar production or locally known as ente,…

San Remigio farmers root for ginger farming, found revenue opportuni-tea in salabat processing

The king of culinary spice, once processed, is twice its price.  Reeling into ginger farming, small-scale cultivators of Stone Cave United La Union Farmers Association (SCULFA) in San Remigio, Antique…

Villar cites SAAD as one of the programs combating poverty in the agri-sector

QUEZON CITY, November 17, 2022 - Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food cited the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

DA-SAAD Caraga orients for Phase 2 expansion in Siargao and Dinagat Islands

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, November 17, 2022 - Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Caraga conducted orientation to nine (9) local government units (LGUs) in Siargao and…

24 swine raisers graduate from FLS training in Rizal, Kalinga

KALINGA, November 15, 2022 - In line with ensuring to prevent the return of the African swine fever (ASF) virus in their community and providing additional knowledge on swine raising,…

DA-SAAD 7 implementers prepare for Phase 2

BOHOL, November 15, 2022 - Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Central Visayas conducted project proposal training and extended technical service to 32 field implementers, in…

NegOcc SAAD farmers expand market linkages thru joint trade fairs

The Locally Sourced Trade Fair at Robinsons Bacolod, and the first Negros Occidental Cooperative Trade Fair in Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan featured agricultural products grown by local…

DA-SAAD grants Php 10 million worth of layer chicken in ZaNorte

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, November 11, 2022 - A mass distribution of farm inputs support to the existing Layer Chicken-Egg Production Project benefited 13 farmers’ associations (FAs) of the Department of…

Southern Leyte vegetable farmers’ resiliency amid typhoons proves fruitful

Background Esperanza Bontoc Farmers Irrigators Association (EBFIA) is one of the active rural-based associations in the municipality of Bontoc, Southern Leyte. The farmers association (FA) with 57 rice-farmers members was…

Masbate farmers upskilled on organizational development

MASBATE, November 11, 2022 – As part of the program’s initiative in capacitating farmers in addition to technical knowledge about farming production, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for…

Tuloy-tuloy na babangon: PBBM commits to continuous assistance during Region 8 SAAD Saga-led inter-agency convergence

QUEZON CITY, November 11, 2022 - President of the Republic, and Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. meets the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD)…

SAAD Bohol FAs showcase produce at the Ambacon Agri-Fishery Fair 2022

BOHOL, November 10, 2022- Eight (8) Farmers’ Associations (FAs) in Bohol showcased their agri-products during the three-day Ambacon Agri-Fishery Fair 2022 with a theme “Kabukuran ug kadagatan dugokon sa panginabuhian,…

Rizal FA provides egg-cellent supply to their community

KALINGA, November 10, 2022 – With the presence of Rang-ay San Quintin Farmers Association’s (RSQFA) brown egg enterprise in Rizal, Kalinga, their community was able to acquire a stable supply…

Former OFW thrives in business thru poultry farming

APAYAO, November 10, 2022 – After spending 2 years in Lebanon as a housekeeper, former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Airene Purisima decided to venture back into farming upon returning to…

DA-SAAD 10 grants incubators, trains beneficiaries from ELCAC areas

BUKIDNON, November 10, 2022 - To ensure continuous egg production, two (2) units of egg incubators worth Php 99,000 were turned over to the members of the Anlag Ani Tapukanan…

Apayao FA ventures to farm supply thru egg production enterprise

APAYAO, November 8, 2022 - Motivated to find ways to expand their livelihood resources, farmers from the Emilia, Capannikian, San Antonio (ECASAN) Farmers Association (FA) are set to establish a…

Solar power system eases production of Bayabas poultry farmers

SURIGAO DEL SUR, November 4, 2022 - Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded one (1) kilowatt solar power system unit to Balete Chicken Growers…

Growing egg-conomy: Matunoy FA’s journey

Background The Matunoy Farmers Association (MFA) in the municipality of Gutalac is one of the beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in…

Bontok IP group reaches 4 cycles in backyard poultry raising

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, November 4, 2022 - The Bontok indigenous people (IP) tribe in Mountain Province earns additional income from backyard poultry raising which they developed from their poultry production projects…

Agri-extension workers strengthen communication practices thru C4D Workshop

BAGUIO CITY, November 4, 2022 - To strengthen communication practices in defining and representing the realities of its beneficiaries, the regional and provincial information officers and area coordinators of the…

Going bananas: SAAD farmer peeling new opportunities with lakatan income

In June 2021, Mr. Rione Layog, a farmer from New Bataan, Davao de Oro cultivated 500 lakatan plantlets in a production area less than a hectare. Lakatan is a dessert…

Cotabato farmers expect an increase in corn yield

COTABATO, November 2, 2022 – Twenty (20) members from the Guia Farmer’s Association each received two bags of hybrid corn seeds funded under FY 2021 savings for the Corn Production…

Banana planting materials awarded to five farmer groups in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, November 1, 2022 - Aiding in the decline of banana production in the province, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program MiMaRoPa awarded…

Biomass shredding machine received by SAAD farmers to mitigate cattle stunt growth

NEGROS ORIENTAL, November 1, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided five (5) units of biomass shredder to five (5) farmers associations (FAs)…

Php 1.7M rambutan seedlings distributed to 19 farmer associations in Kalinga

KALINGA, October 31, 2022 – In addition to the fruit trees nurtured by various farmers in Kalinga, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in…

SAAD reports current status, pursues Phase 2 preps amid impending budget adjustment

AKLAN, October 25, 2022 - Running according to plan, the 11 regional offices of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program and the National Program…

Of green spaces, DA-SAAD 12 receives mental health awareness training

SOUTH COTABATO, October 19, 2022 – To promote mental well-being at work, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Region 12 conducted a two-day Workplace Mental…

Gubang IP swine raisers train on low-cost hog feed formulation

KALINGA, October 18, 2022 - With the rising costs of daily household needs, along with hog feeds, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Kalinga, in…

DA-SAAD 12 welcomes South Cotabato for SAAD’s Phase 2

SOUTH COTABATO, October 18, 2022 – Dedicated to the development of marginalized Filipino communities by providing livelihood opportunities in the agriculture sector, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program…

90 Mangyan farmers from OccMin learn PalayCheck system

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, October 17, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a training on Palaycheck System or key concepts in upland rice…

Romblon, Palawan are in for SAAD Phase 2

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, October 17, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program opens access to agricultural livelihood assistance for Romblon and Palawan farmers in…

Patikul farmers earn big in an eggs-tra ordinary project

SULU, October 14, 2022- Twenty (20) coconut and vegetable farmers in Patikul, Sulu earned more than Php 400K from selling fresh eggs through the Egg Production Project granted by the…

11 Farmer Associations received 3.9M worth of livestock interventions in Catanduanes

CATANDUANES, October 14, 2022 - To provide the farmers with additional means of income through poultry livelihood management and enterprise building, 220 beneficiaries from 11 farmers associations (FAs) received Php…

SAAD recognized by CLSU as R&D partner

QUEZON CITY, October 13, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program was recognized by the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) as partner in…

SAAD 5 hosts joint M&E activities for new SAAD team from CALABARZON

MASBATE, October 13, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bicol, together with the development officers from the National Program Management Office…

Sorsogon farmers report Php 83K net income from RTL chicken eggs

SORSOGON, October 13, 2022 - With the promising income acquired by eight (8) farmers' associations (FAs) in Sorsogon within one month from the poultry project provided by the Department of…

Antique rice, corn growers receive training on machine operations

ANTIQUE, October 12, 2022 - Fifty (50) farm service providers joined the training on machine operation and maintenance facilitated by the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Special Area for…

NegOcc FAs earn Php 357K from hog production

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, October 12, 2022 - Four (4) Farmers’ Associations (FAs) in Toboso, Negros Occidental has renewed hopes of bolstering the local backyard swine industry after generating Php 357,340 from…

SAAD 12 distributes farm inputs to 5 Cotabato FAs

COTABATO, October 11, 2022 – As support to livestock production, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program distributed animals, seeds, and fertilizers to improve natural…

Eggs-traordinary senior citizen earns from DA-SAAD project

In line with the objectives of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program to contribute to poverty alleviation in the country, it ensures that agricultural…

Increased crop yield: SAAD mechanization initiatives benefit Antique farmers

ANTIQUE, October 10, 2022 - Accelerated mechanization and modernization have greatly influenced and shaped agriculture in more ways than one. Before, much of farm activities had to be done by…

BFAR-SAAD prepares for terminal report and transition to Phase 2

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, October 06, 2022 - Despite early conclusion of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program implementation in the fisheries sector, focals and alternate focals from different…

Six farmer groups in Sulu receive cassava farm inputs from DA-SAAD

SULU, October 7, 2022 - Continuous support to high value crop production pours for six (6) farmers associations (FAs) in Sulu after receiving additional inputs of post production machinery from…

BFAR 10 prepares for SAAD Phase 2 implementation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 6, 2022 – Gearing toward the Phase 2 implementation of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources…

Eastern Samar farmers diversify with vegetable and livestock projects to ensure more income

Background Barangay Pingan is one of the main eggplant and Chinese cabbage (pechay) producing barangays in the municipality of Gen. MacArthur. In 2020, farmers organized through the recommendation and support…

Bicol SAAD Program holds FY 2022 Regional 3rd quarter assessment in Catanduanes

BICOL, October 4, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bicol received an overall successful rate in accomplishing all the designated targets…

Prioritizing development for development workers through structural improvements

QUEZON CITY, September 29, 2022 - Cordillera Administrative Region is the last region to complete the entire leg of the Program Management Office (PMO) field study, which aims to analyze…

30 SK, Cotabato FCAs underwent agripreneurship training

SULTAN KUDARAT, September 29, 2022 – To provide essential information on building successful agricultural entrepreneurship, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a Training…

Leyte swine raisers turned poultry farmers earn through SAAD Egg Production project

LEYTE, September 28, 2022 - To recuperate from the effects of African Swine Fever (ASF), swine raisers turned to poultry production through the help of the Department of Agriculture- Special…

SAAD NorMin preps for Phase 2 implementation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, September 28, 2022 - As Phase 1 completes after a six-year run from 2017, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of…

40 Mangyan IP farmers prepare for cassava production agripreneurship

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, September 27, 2022 - Continuous capacity building and agripreneurship training among the Mangyan Indigenous People (IP) beneficiaries are conducted by the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for…

60 Antique farmers expect increase in hog production

ANTIQUE, September 27, 2022 - With the initiative to strengthen swine production program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Special Area for Agricultural Development Region 6 (SAAD 6), granted…

SAAD ZamPen embraces 24 more municipalities for Phase 2

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 27, 2022- In preparation for Phase 2, the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) held consultation meetings for newly selected municipalities in Zamboanga…

SAAD equips 46 Dabawenyo FAs for entrepreneurship

DAVAO DE ORO, September 27, 2022 - Organizational management and leadership training were provided to the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Region 11 group…

DA-SAAD prepares for turnover of Phase 1 projects

AGUSAN DEL SUR, September 21, 2022 - Gearing up for SAAD Phase 1 culmination, 32 farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) organized by the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development…

The progress of Progresso Farmers Association

Background Biri is a coastal municipality in the province of Northern Samar with a population of 11,274 individuals according to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in…

DA-SAAD Central Visayas prepares for Phase 2 implementation

MANDAUE CITY, September 20, 2022 - In preparation for the Phase 2 implementation of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Central Visayas, a…

30 NegOcc farmers trained in mushroom cultivation, expect to increase production

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, September 19, 2022 - Oyster mushrooms are shaking up the agribusiness trend, sprouting up as the primary ingredient in a myriad of products across numerous categories, ranging from…

7 FAs in Samar received Broiler Raising and Food Processing Project

SAMAR, September 16, 2022 – To meet the demand for poultry meat in the province, the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) delivered Php 1,108,100 worth…

Seed support, fertilizers delivered to 10 Cotabato FAs

COTABATO, September 15, 2022 – Upland rice farmers and vegetable growers from 10 farmers’ associations (FAs) in Cotabato received Php 282,240 worth of forage seeds and inorganic fertilizers from the…

Minlasag farmers hatching profits: SAAD egg business

About Minlasag Farfish Association Minlasag, located in a 5th class municipality of Sibutad in Zamboanga del Norte is a home to fishermen, rice and coconut farmers, and livestock raisers whose…

Partnership with LGUs: Sustaining SAAD FAs and projects

KALINGA, September 14, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Cordillera Administrative Region endorsed four farmers’ associations (FAs) who will be graduating…

Antique farmers receive caracows from SAAD

ANTIQUE, September 13, 2022 - To increase efficiency on food production in less-developed areas, the Department of Agriculture Region 6 (DA-6), through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program,…

DA-SAAD 10 preps 180 farmers for free-range chicken production

LANAO DEL NORTE, September 12, 2022 – Through the Department of Agriculture Northern Mindanao (DA-10), 180 poultry raisers from the municipalities of Linamon, Sapad, and Magsaysay underwent poultry management training…

Sulu ups SAAD farmers’ skills on crops and layer chicken production

SULU, September 9, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) program conducted a series of technical training on Crops and Layer Chicken-Egg production for…

Being differently abled is a positive ability: story of a Sulu farmer

Background A year after the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) was first introduced in Sulu, the program finally reached Talipao in 2018, a coastal municipality that…

IP women earn 1.6M through DA-SAAD Swine Repopulation Program

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, September 8, 2022 - Ten (10) indigenous women from the Kankanaey tribe in Napua, Sabangan earned a total Php 1,663,587.50 after five cycles of the Swine Repopulation Project…

Pig-ment of possibilities: Farmers in Tadian earn 186k through DA-SAAD project

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, September 8, 2022 – Ten farmers from Barangay Batayan, Tadian, Mountain Province earned Php 186,000.00 from selling piglets produced from the Swine Repopulation Project of the Department of Agriculture…

SAAD delivers more than Php 19M in livestock and poultry projects to 46 Dabawenyo FAs

DAVAO DE ORO, September 5, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture Region 11 through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program grants more than Php 19 million in livestock…

40 Siquijor Farmers venture into dragon fruit processing

SIQUIJOR, September 7, 2022 - To utilize oversupply of dragon fruit in Siquijor, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided forty (40) beneficiaries with…

SAAD NorMin grants Php 1M worth of goat support to local raisers

NORTHERN MINDANAO, September 5, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10), through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, delivered 75 goats (does) worth Php 1,019,100…

Biosecurity measures help SAAD swine raisers mitigate ASF spread

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, September 6, 2022 – The threat brought by the African Swine Fever (ASF) in Sadanga, Mountain Province has been mitigated in Barangay Bekigan through the application of biosecurity measures…

More stories of Region 12 farmers as staff undergo writing and photojourn training

SOUTH COTABATO, September 6, 2022 – More field implementation stories can now be learned in Region 12 as Department of Agriculture -  Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) implementers take…

NegOcc coffee growers turned poultry raisers, earn Php 201K

About Kape Sustainable FA Nestled in the steep hinterlands of Northern Negros Occidental is the municipality of Salvador Benedicto. Over the years, the upland town with only 7 barangays has…

60 poultry raisers in NegOr trained for duck production and enterprise

NEGROS ORIENTAL, September 5, 2022 - Negros Oriental duck production beneficiaries from Jimalalud participated in a four-day training initiated by Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

Masbate farmers take enterprise dev’t training on organic agriculture, rice production

MASBATE, September 5, 2022 – To provide an avenue for farmers to promote value-added products made from organically-grown vegetables and to sharpen the crop production and entrepreneurial skills of rice…

50 SAAD OccMin rice farmers introduced to vermicast production promotes organic farming

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 29, 2022 - To promote the use of organic inputs and reduce farming costs for rice production, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development…

Antique farmers receive postharvest machinery to increase corn production

ANTIQUE, August 30, 2022 - To streamline corn milling for village-level operation, two farmers’ associations (FAs) from Valderrama, Antique accepted corn mill machines worth Php 820,000. This is in support…

17 SOCCSKSARGEN FCAs receive postharvest machinery from DA-SAAD

SOCCSKSARGEN, August 30, 2022 – To increase rice production, seventeen (17) farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) from the provinces of Cotabato, Sarangani, and Sultan Kudarat each received rice threshers worth…

30 SAAD Ratagnon-Mangyan beneficiaries upskilled on upland rice prod’n

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 26, 2022 - To maximize rice production and reiterate proper cultural practices in upland rice farming, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

All-women hog farmers turned poultry raisers, earn Php 471k thru egg production

Background Lope De Vega is a landlocked municipality in the coastal province of Northern Samar. It is a 4th Class municipality with a 47.87% poverty incidence based on the 2018…

SAAD distributes more than Php 11M in crop-based livelihood projects

DAVAO DE ORO, August 26, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture Region 11 through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program delivered more than Php 11 million in crop-based…

Spicing up life: SAAD Apayao FA ventures into chili paste production

APAYAO, August 26, 2022 - Twenty (20) Isnag farmers and chili producers who ventured into chili paste processing after receiving a training from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area…

Subanen IP farmers receive support thru SAAD Corn Project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 25, 2022 - Subanen indigenous people (IP) and beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Program received support to increase…

SAMMPC continues to generate millions in revenue from milkfish in pen culture

LANAO DEL NORTE, August 25, 2022 – To sustain fish and store operations, Simbuco Aqua-Marine Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMMPC) in Lanao del Norte maintained its two units of pens for milkfish…

Multi-commodity Solar Tunnel Dryer introduced to SAAD OccMin cassava farmers

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 24, 2022 - Cassava farmers of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program received orientation for the Multi-Commodity Solar Tunnel Dryer (MCSTD)…

DA-SAAD wraps up 1st sem, sets turnover of Phase 1 projects in 2023

SURIGAO DEL SUR, August 23, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Program Caraga capped off first semester implementation, highlighting 67 training accomplished on…

SAAD veggie farmers trained on organic vegetable production in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 23, 2022 - To encourage more farmers to practice organic farming, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted training on the…

SAAD Eastern Visayas holds 2nd Quarter Assessment, preps for Phase 2

EASTERN VISAYAS, August 19, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program of Region 8 achieved 73.8 % of its obligation and 11.23% disbursement from…

Sorsogon FAs benefit from SPIS and multicultivator machine from DA-SAAD

SORSOGON, August 18, 2022 - Farmers’ associations engaged in high-value crops (HVC) production from Sorsogon received a Solar Power Irrigation System (SPIS) and a multicultivator machine from the Department of…

Banana growers in NegOr trained for agripreneurship

NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 18, 2022 - Transitioning to enterprise establishment, 54 banana production beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program from Barangay San…

Mangyan IP farmers in OccMin receive root crop production training

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 15, 2022 - One hundred and fifty (150) farmers and beneficiaries belonging to the indigenous Mangyan community from Sablayan were capacitated on root crops production in a…

Egg-conomically rewarding: LUFIA agripreneurs road to sustainable layer egg farming

What better way to keep hunger at bay than to sell fresh bounty a day? In the Philippines, the July to September 2021 total chicken egg production at 166.82 thousand…

Ylimos IP farmers reinforce inti and basi production tradition thru DA-SAAD

KALINGA, August 15, 2022 – The FY 2021 Sugarcane Wine and Muscovado Enterprise Project of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program inspired 20 indigenous…

94 Sorsogon farmers attend value-chain training on poultry

SORSOGON, August 9, 2022 – Ninety-four poultry raisers from 481 members of 18 farmers associations (FAs) in various municipalities in Sorsogon received Poultry Production and Product Development Training initiated by…

Abaca farmers in Caraga joins grading and trading forum

AGUSAN DEL SUR, August 8, 2022 - Eighteen (18) Caraga abaca farmers assisted by the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Program participated in the Abaca…

Great Eggs-pectations: 2 SAAD FAs gross 200K from selling duck eggs

Early mornings in the highlands of Davao de Oro is generally cold, dreary affair. In Maragusan, Davao Region’s summer capital—it’s especially chilly, but Ms. Evelyn Baltazar is already up collecting…

DA-SAAD caps 2022 midyear assessment, gears up for Phase 2

QUEZON CITY, August 5, 2022 – The 11 Regional offices of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program gathered for a midyear assessment and unified…

Cassava and corn production training imparted to 60 Sorsogon farmers

SORSOGON, August 5, 2022 – Sixty (60) SAAD corn farmers from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Sorsogon attended a training on Corn…

28 rice farmers trained on postharvest and marketing systems

NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 4, 2022 - To improve rice farming practices for a higher yield and income, the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental…

Two Eastern Samar FAs received poultry training from DA-SAAD

EASTERN SAMAR, August 4, 2022 – Fifty (50) beneficiaries from two farmers' associations (FAs) benefited from a three-day livelihood training on Egg Layer Production held at Barangay 4, Jipapad, and…

SAAD farmers record Php 110k income from upland rice production

MASBATE, August 4, 2022 – Full assistance for upland rice farmer-beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s in Masbate recorded a Php 110,000…

Women and youth beneficiaries prepped up for SAAD egg production project

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 1, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program trained an all-women and youth farmer groups for Ready-to-Lay (RTL) chicken egg…

ZDN farmers earn 400K through SAAD Program’s broiler chicken project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, August 3, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s Broiler Chicken Raising Project in Zamboanga del Norte provided more than Php…

Agripreneurship training provided to 60 NegOcc and Antique farmers

ILOILO CITY, August 3, 2022 - To support long-term financial security of its beneficiaries, the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program trained 60 members of…

DA-SAAD program prepares for the end of phase 1 implementation

BATANGAS, August 3, 2022 - In line with the conclusion of the first phase of implementation, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, gathered 33…

5 FAs ensure healthy pork supply thru repopulation program

APAYAO, August 1, 2022 - In the continuous fight against the African Swine Fever (ASF), sixty-five swine raisers from 5 farmers’ associations participated in the Swine Repopulation Program of the…

DA-SAAD ensures capital formation to Cotabato hybrid corn growers

About Masagana Farmer’s Association The Masagana Farmer's Association (MFA), established in March 2022, is composed of corn farmers (20) in barangay Barangiran, Alamada, Cotabato. They mostly rely on hybrid corn…

Mushroom industry boost for NegOcc thru Php 1.7M-worth SAAD support

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, July 29, 2022 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program awarded mushroom production projects worth Php 1.7 million to six farmers' associations (FAs) in Negros Occidental…

Vegetable production livelihood awarded to SAAD expansion areas in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, July 27, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded Php 600,000.00 worth of vegetable production materials to six farmers’ associations…

A farmer perseveres to be a successful vegetable producer

Background The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Program’s FY 2019 Vegetable Production Project enhanced farmers’ income in Northern Samar. Vegetable production project is a dynamic…

NegOr implementers undergo TOT on Organizational strengthening and Agro-enterprise Development

NEGROS ORIENTAL, July 25, 2022 - The field implementers from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental underwent a six-day training of…

CFO farmers succeed in association-based enterprise

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, July 22, 2022 – Through the Enhancement of Brown Egg Production and Marketing project introduced by the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Cordillera…

Salegseg IP farmers modernize sugarcane processing for value addition

KALINGA, July 22, 2022 – Processing sugarcane products will now be easier and faster for farmers from Barangay Balantoy, Balbalan with the sugarcane presser grant worth Php 320,000 from the Department…

Agricultural transformation in rice production: Apayao FA a service provider

APAYAO, July 22, 2022-  Thirty-seven (37) farmers belonging to the Isnag indigenous community in Kabugao, Apayao earn from providing machine service through the mechanization initiatives of the Department of Agriculture- Special…

Kung may tiyaga, may nilaga: Samar FA’s hard work pays off through RTL eggs

Background The Hinogacan Integrated Farmers Association (HINFA) formerly known as Hinogacan Rice Farmers Association with 35 members from Brgy. Hinogacan, Gandara, Samar are rice farmers who manually till their farm.…

Vegetable farmers association earns 11k from agri-fest sales

CATANDUANES, July 20, 2022 - Vegetable farmer-beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program from the Municipality of Baras, Catanduanes earned Php 11,256 from participating…

GIDA and ELCAC farmers received mallard ducks for balut prod’n in Davao de Oro

DAVAO DE ORO, July 19, 2022 - Strengthening balut production in the province, 200 members from 10 farmers’ associations (FAs) across 10 municipalities of Davao de Oro received mallard ducks…

130 Apayao farmers, found success in DA’s poultry production project

APAYAO, July 19, 2022 - One hundred thirty (130) poultry farmers of the Barocboc, Imelda, San Mariano, Sipa (BISS) Farmers Association (FA) earned initial Php 607,005 income from the Free Range Chicken Egg Production Project granted by the…

Patience is a virtue: Hog raiser earns 149K

SORSOGON, July 15, 2022 – Swine project beneficiary of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program from Brgy. Peñafrancia, Sta Magdalena, Sorsogon listed Php149,500.00 in…

Swine repopulation a startup to 14 Sarangani FAs

SARANGANI, July 12, 2022 – Fourteen (14) farmers' associations (FAs) in Sarangani are now poised to begin backyard pig farming after receiving 154 native pigs (140 gilts, 14 boar) from…

It’s looking “pine”: Yfangad SAAD farmers pineapple production

KALINGA, July 14, 2022 – The Magic 78’s Lower Bangad Farmers Association (M78LBFA)’s pineapple farm expects an estimated 15,600 pineapple harvest by August, after receiving support from the Integrated Banana,…

23 FAs in Sorsogon tutored on HVC Enterprise Production

SORSOGON, July 14, 2022 – To introduce proper food handling and processing, 150 farmers from 23 farmers' associations (FA) in Sorsogon participated in the High Value Crops (HVC) Enterprise Production…

OccMin strengthens DA-SAAD projects for additional covered areas

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, July 11, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program MIMAROPA region conducts its 2nd-3rd Quarter Coordination and Assessment meeting for FY…

Multi-livelihood project received by 14 FAs in Cotabato

COTABATO, July 12, 2022 – Various additional farming support were provided to 819 members of 14 farmers’ associations (FAs) who are existing beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special…

16 FAs receive Php 1.1M worth of livestock and poultry projects from DA-SAAD

COTABATO, July 11, 2022 – Various livestock interventions and poultry inputs worth Php 1.1 million were provided to 16 farmers’ associations (FAs) in Cotabato by the Department of Agriculture –…

Bukidnon farmers cum cattle raisers move toward community enterprise

Having a vast land area with soils and climate highly suited to agricultural activities, Bukidnon’s economy is generally agriculture-based, fueled by livestock, and highland crops such as corn, rice, sugarcane,…

Php 1.9M farm inputs aimed at boosting corn production in SAAD OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, July 7, 2022 - With the aim to strengthen corn production in the province, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded Php…

Philippine fertilizer price outlook: A reality for farmers and fishers

Myer Mula1* and Kimberly Coronado2 1 Deputy Executive Director – Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority; National Program Director – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program; *Corresponding Author; email: dedfmyer.fpa@gmail.gov 2…

PPFA: Integrating poultry and vegetable production for sustainable enterprise development

Farm diversification in LDN Planting many crop varieties in a single field, incorporating livestock, poultry, aquaculture, or diversified farming is the most common approach practiced in the municipality of Poona…

Monitoring of projects and mass distribution of agri-inputs and machinery to Sarangani and SK farmers by the National Director

SOCCKSARGEN, June 30, 2022 – Personally ensuring smooth and continuous run of projects, National Program Director Myer Mula of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) conducted field…

44 additional ZaNorte FAs receive CapDev training for agri-projects

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, June 30, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a series of Capability Building on Organizational Management and Policy Formulation Training…

SAAD national conducts RBMERA in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, June 29, 2022 - Supplementing farmers' management skills and linkage development through local government units were underscored during the Result-based Monitoring and Evaluation Rapid Appraisal (RBMERA) conducted by…

San Agustin Farmers’ promising future through Egg Layer Production

Background Mondragon is a 3rd class municipality in Northern Samar with 24 barangays and a population of 41,415, based on the 2020 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) census. Due to the…

For and by the community: blooming SAAD poultry enterprise

CATANDUANES, June 29, 2022 - Despite the distance from the town proper, 15 members of the Cagraray Duck Raisers Association (CDRA) from Barangay Cagraray, Bato continue to sustain their egg…

120 Antique farmers trained on peanut and vegetable value addition

ANTIQUE, June 27, 2022 - More than a hundred growers of peanuts and vegetables underwent a four-day training facilitated by the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development…

10 FAs receive caracows from DA-SAAD as draft animals

ANTIQUE, June 23, 2022 - To aid and increase the productivity of peanut and vegetable growers, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) granted 35 caracows…

Two Negros Oriental FAs receive additional support for banana production from DA-SAAD

NEGROS ORIENTAL, June 24, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (DA-SAAD) delivered additional inputs support to two farmers’ associations (FA) in Santa Catalina,…

Php 1.9M worth of livestock awarded to 7 DA-SAAD IP FAs in Sablayan

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, June 24, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded livestock (caraheifer and goat) inputs worth Php 1,936,000.00 to Tao-Buhid and…

SAAD National Director visits 6 FAs in Eastern Visayas

LEYTE, June 24, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) National Director Myer G. Mula visits Leyte and Southern Leyte to monitor the program’s…

SAAD National Director interacts with NegOcc FAs

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, June 22, 2022 - To personally assess project implementation as well as provide recommendations to the continuous development of projects in the province, the Department of Agriculture -…

GIDA Dabawenyo farmers benefit from SAAD agri-projects

DAVAO DE ORO, June 22, 2022 - Twenty (20) Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) farmers from Maco received 50 upgraded goats, biologics, and assorted vegetable seeds worth Php 470,000…

Sablayan farmers receive Php 1.1M corn production package from DA-SAAD

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, June 22, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) awarded Php 1,106,856 worth of planting materials to 116 indigenous people and Tagalog…

33 NegOr farmers from ELCAC area receive cattle from SAAD

NEGROS ORIENTAL, June 21, 2022 - Thirty-three (33) farmers from an identified End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) area received Php 1.26 million assistance from the Department of Agriculture -…

Tilapia production and value addition: A successful enterprise of VCSFA

Tilapia farming in pond Cultivating tilapia in earthen ponds is the most widely used system in Bukidnon for growing the fish to marketable size (350-500 grams; 3-7 fish/kg). Their farm…

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…

Farm inputs and machinery benefits 100 FRs thru MATG

BUKIDNON, June 13, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program granted Php 299,650 worth of planting materials and machinery to around 100 former…

2 Apayao FAs persevere in egg enterprise

APAYAO, June 16, 2022 – Two Farmers Associations (FAs) in the Municipality of Luna, Apayao have earned a total of Php 43,165 from the Chicken and Egg Production Project of…

Program Director visits Buenavista Bohol fishing community, leads turnover

BOHOL, June 17, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s official visit continued in an oyster farm in Bohol, monitoring the project status…

TASEGFICO: Sustainability story of seaweed and milkfish farming

About Lanao del Norte The province is known as the “Land of Beauty and Bounty” because of its beautiful and rugged terrain, cascading waterfalls, springs, lakes, mountains, and vast plains…

SAAD ZaNorte capacitates ginger farmers through hands-on training

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, June 14, 2022 - Twenty (20) farmers from Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, underwent technical training on Ginger Production to prepare for the management of Ginger Production Project…

SAAD NegOcc kickstarts training FAs for 2022 livelihood projects

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, June 9, 2022 - To improve farmers’ capacity for continuous management and sustainability of their livelihood projects, 120 beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development…

Bohol Inter-agency cooperation strengthens through Director’s visit

BOHOL, June 10, 2022 - In pursuit of strengthening local partnerships, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Director Myer G. Mula paid a courtesy…

SAAD National Director visits beneficiaries in Bohol

BOHOL, June 9, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (DA-SAAD) National Program Director Myer G. Mula visited eight (8) farmers’ associations (FAs) and two (2)…

CAFSWISA: Thriving fish growers for fresh and processed tilapia enterprise

About CAFSWISA The municipality of Cabanglasan belongs to the lowland areas in Bukidnon where the agricultural activity takes place on small farms that produce crops for subsistence and markets. While…

Six FAs in Siquijor received chicken egg production training from DA-SAAD

SIQUIJOR, June 7, 2022 - Forty (40) poultry raisers received specialized training on Chicken Egg Production initiated by the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (DA-SAAD) Siquijor from…

Egg Layer project – an additional source of income for Tomas Oppus farmers

SOUTHERN LEYTE, June 6, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Egg Layer Project in Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte provides additional income to…

Staff of SAAD-Region 13 undergoes refresher course on community organizing

BUTUAN CITY, June 3, 2022 - To improve the competencies of staff in community organizing and needs assessment, 14 regional and provincial staff of the DA Special Area for Agricultural…

SAAD PMO Assessment holds focused study in Catanduanes and Masbate offices

MASBATE CITY, June 01, 2022 - In continuation of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Management Office (PMO) Assessment, the national team was divided…

Balanced Fertilization + Organic Pesticide cuts half the production cost of DA-SAAD farmer

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, June 2, 2022 - Filipino farmers are greatly affected by the fertilizer price hike as prices started to spike in March 2021 due to the increase in demand…

Negros’ backyard hog industry enhanced thru Php 2M livestock projects

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, May 31, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in its aim to boost the backyard swine industry in Toboso, Negros…

RBMERA in Western Visayas completes its survey

WESTERN VISAYAS, May 31, 2022 - The National Program Management Office (NPMO) of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program completed its Results-Based Monitoring and…

Realizing the dream from DA-SAAD program

BACKGROUND Donald Agir, a 42-year-old father of four from Amlan, Negros Oriental was a former ambulance driver in the province who also raised native goats to make ends meet. When…

Bicol Region implementers undergo DA-SAAD PMO Assessment

CAMARINES SUR, May 31, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Management Office (PMO) Assessment has begun in Bicol Regional Field Office and…

IP farmers received upland rice seeds from DA-SAAD

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 31, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded Php 477,522.00 worth of upland rice seeds under Upland Rice Production…

46 Dabawenyo FAs for 2022 livelihood projects trained

DAVAO DE ORO, May 30, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) 11  trained 46 Dabawenyo farmers associations’ (FAs) belonging to the Geographically Isolated and…

Bugasong FAs benefit from DA-SAAD’s hog fattening project

ANTIQUE, May 20, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program granted 30 piglets worth Php 174,000 to Pangalcagan Farmers Association (PFA) and Talisay…

Carabao roll-over scheme engages more Bohol farmers to production

BOHOL, May 27, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s first carabao calf born from the FY 2019 Integrated Vegetable and Carabao Production Project in…

Dad champions swine raising, earns steadily through DA-SAAD program

BACKGROUND Northern Samar is considered a second-class province where communities in the rural and marginalized areas are usually engaged in farming. About 69% or 243,084 hectares (ha) of the province…

Beneficiaries in DA-SAAD CAR continue to campaign against ASF

BENGUET, May 27, 2022 – In the bid to fight African Swine Fever (ASF), beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Development (DA-SAAD) Program from the Angkileng…

Capital formation and savings mobilization provided to BASFICO for microfinancing and project expansion

Milkfish sea cage farming Bangus or milkfish is the most popularly cultured fish in the Philippines. It is adaptable, tough, and sturdy, and can survive both seawater and freshwater. It…

Matam-is coconut farmers’ sweet success through Egg Production

LEYTE, May 27, 2022 – A farmers association (FA) in Baybay, Leyte now supplies a leading pastries bakeshop in the locality, thanks to the Egg Layer Production Project of the…

ZDN farmers receive Swine Projects amid ASF threat

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 27, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program delivered Php 807,965.00 worth of Swine Dispersal and Swine Raising Project FY 2022…

Poultry inputs granted to Anlag-Ani Tapukanan Coop

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, May 26, 2022 - As part of its Integrated Agriculture Livelihood Project, the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture-Northern Mindanao (DA-10) provided 50 manok…

Acknowledging the perseverance of the youth: NegOcc 4H club benefit from DA-SAAD goat project

Young farmers and fishers, a plight in agriculture It is rare to encounter nowadays a member of the youth who has a passion for agriculture. Many young adults consider farming…

Start-up backyard poultry farming improves Apayao farmers’ income

APAYAO, May 25, 2022 – Fifteen (15) farmers from Malubibit Sur, Malubibit Norte, Anninipan, San Jose, Tamalunog (MAST) Farmers Association in Flora, Apayao earn from the Chicken Egg Production Project…

Intensifying KSFA pig raisers into an industry

Backyard Hog Raising In Kanao-Kanao, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, most of the residents get their livelihood by growing corn, banana, and other crops. Engaged in agricultural activities, most families raise a…

DA-SAAD awards 1.2M farm inputs to Hanunuo-Mangyan farmers

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 23, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program awarded Php 1,265,200 worth of rice and corn machinery and farm production…

Zambo Norte farmers receive additional poultry support from DA-SAAD

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 23, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program delivered free additional chicken feed support benefitting 43 farmers’ associations (FAs)…

RBMERA: Ushering IPs to greater development in the Mangyan community

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, May 23, 2022 - Three (3) IP associations from the far-flung areas in the municipalities of Paluan and Sta. Cruz were assessed by the SAAD National Program Management…

Kalinga farmers eggsploring opportunities as an enterprise

KALINGA, May 20, 2022 – In 2021, fifteen (15) members of the Eastern Sucbot Irrigated Farmers Association (ESIFA) located in Barangay Sucbot, Pinukpuk with the help of the Department of…

Bountiful Egg-ri-preneur from SAAD poultry project

Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) farmers in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental lead fresh table eggs supply competition in the province. The town of Moises Padilla, formerly known…

Chicken multiplier farm provides healthy stocks to 50 Bukidnon raisers

BUKIDNON, May 5, 2022 - To promote poultry farming and strengthen poultry by-products availability in the community, 50 farmer-beneficiaries of Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma in Barangays Salvacion and Kibogtok, Kadingilan in Bukidnon…

DA-SAAD Kalinga ensures healthy chickens for consumers

KALINGA, May 19, 2022 – With the Department of Agriculture’s call for stricter measures to control and contain bird flu in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture - Special Area…

SAMMPC’s increasing seaweed and bangus projects

Seaweed farmer’s transformation Simbuco Aqua-Marine Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMMPC) is an existing autonomous group of fishers cultivating seaweeds as their main source of income. They received their certificate of registration from…

Fishers cooperative pushes for project sustainability

Early UFAL to LAFICO: progressed through the years Formerly known as the United Fisherfolk Association of Lala (UFAL), the Lala Fishermen’s Cooperative (LAFICO) with 63 members was recognized as a…

Simply egg-ceptional: San Remigio farmers net Php 95K income from egg production

About Uswag Cabiawan The grounds of Barangay Cabiawan in San Remigio, Antique rely on rainfall (rainfed) which is basically the reason why the locals practice intercropping. With the insufficient water…

1st qtr National Program Assessment: How SAAD is felt on ground?

QUEZON CITY, May 13, 2022 - The most essential contribution of the current direction of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program is the achievement…

CLFA breeds progress in continued swine repopulation efforts

APAYAO, May 14, 2022 - Twenty-five (25) swine raisers from Calaoan Livelihood Farmers Association (CLFA) of the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Brgy. Buluan,…

DA-SAAD Apayao conducts project assessment

APAYAO, May 11, 2022 - Simultaneous project assessments have been administered by the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Apayao to measure the present…

Sipaya Small Farmers’ Association earns extra from mallard duck production

SORSOGON, May 12, 2022 – Through the assistance of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development’s (DA-SAAD) Mallard Ducks Livelihood Production project, 20 members of the Sipaya…

Provincial facilitators undergo outcome monitoring training

APAYAO, May 12, 2022 - Twenty (20) field implementers from the Provincial Project Management Office (PPMSO) of Apayao underwent Provincial Outcomes Monitoring Training from April 20 to 22 in Claveria,…

20 swine raisers graduate from FLS training

APAYAO, May 11, 2022 – Twenty (20) swine raisers from the Municipalities of Luna, Pudtol, and Sta. Marcela in Apayao has completed its two-month training for Farmer Livestock School (FLS)…

90 Masbate farmers trained on production and enterprise development

MASBATE, May 6, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted a series of training on rice and corn production and enterprise development…

Php 550k worth of improved small ruminants granted to 4 FAs in Apayao

APAYAO, May 5, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program granted stock inputs from the Enhancement of Sheep and Goat Production…

NegOcc organic farmers spice up planting through ginger farming, leading to healthy yield

About PIUSFA Negros Occidental is at the forefront of pushing for organic agriculture in the country, bringing a steady increase in the demand for organically-grown and pesticide-free crops and vegetables…

DA-SAAD 9 delivers Php 898K worth of cattle dispersal project to ZDN farmers

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 05, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program delivered 20 heifers to corn and rice farmers from the municipalities…

12 Cotabato FAs benefit from DA-SAAD’s goat project

COTABATO, May 2, 2022 – Twelve (12) farmers’ associations (FAs) in Libungan, Alamada, Banisilan, Makilala, Tulunan, and Kidapawan City, Cotabato received 132 native goats from the Department of Agriculture –…

SAAD 11 kickstarts training FAs for 2022 projects

DAVAO DE ORO, May 2, 2022 - SAAD Region 11 kickstarted specialized training for corn, duck and chicken raisers from three farmers associations (FA) in the municipalities of Mabini and…

Catanduanes farmers hatch success thru SAAD poultry project

CATANDUANES, May 2, 2022 - The Balatohan Chicken Grower Association (BCGA) earned a sum of Php 28,047.00 from selling fresh eggs for one cycle of the Native Chicken Production and…

Boco farmers association reaps from ginger production

EASTERN SAMAR, April 29, 2022 – Farmers from Can-avid, Eastern Samar, a remote and identified End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) area were granted the Ginger Production Project from the…

Hands-on silage training for goat raisers

KALINGA, April 28, 2022 - Twenty-four (24) members from four farmer’s associations (FAs) in Kalinga participated in the Silage Making Training aiming to address goat feed shortage due to depleting…

PBFA earns Php 191k from DA-SAADs vegetable prod’n project despite typhoon damages

Background Bicol Region’s geographic location exposes its provinces to natural calamities such as typhoons, making their agricultural industry and activities susceptible to destruction. In Sorsogon, some farmers’ associations (FAs) opt…

Through incidental transformations: SAAD as a real partner for change

SAMAR, April 22, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Egg Layer and Vegetable Production project benefits a farmers’ association (FA) to recoup from the…

Native goats, hybrid corn seeds from DA-SAAD received by 13 Cotabato FAs

COTABATO, April 22, 2022 – Thirteen Farmers’ Association in Cotabato received native goats and hybrid corn seeds from the Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program. Distributed…

RBMERA pilot continues in Occidental Mindoro

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 21, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program conducted pilot Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Rapid Appraisal (RBMERA) for selected SAAD…

Catanduanes farmers undergo rice production and enterprise development training

CATANDUANES, April 21, 2022 - Sixty (60) rice farmers of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program underwent Training on Rice Production and Enterprise Development…

DA-SAAD Caraga, stakeholders craft project sustainability plan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, April 13, 2022 – Thirty-two (32) farmers’ associations (FAs) assisted by the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Caraga participated in a…

Don Carlos fisherfolk receive solar dryer from BFAR-SAAD

BUKIDNON, April 18, 2022 – To ensure hygienic and efficient tilanggit production across the province, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 10 (BFAR 10) through the Special Area for…

Keeping the coffee industry alive in Kalinga

KALINGA, April 18, 2022 - Kalinga coffee growers from Pasil, Pinukpuk, and Tabuk City underwent training on coffee rejuvenation in the hope of revitalizing the coffee industry in the province…

Postharvest equipment and facilities granted to Bukidnon PTGA fisherfolk

BUKIDNON, April 18, 2022 – The Pinamangguan Tilapia Growers Association (PTGA) received Php 491,000 worth of postharvest equipment and facilities under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program implemented…

DA-SAAD’s contribution to climate change adaptation: thriving seaweed culture projects

DA-SAAD’s contribution to climate change adaptation: thriving seaweed culture projects The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) seaweed projects adapt to changing climate. The Philippines being archipelagic in…

Cassava Production Project benefits 3 FAs in Eastern Samar

EASTERN SAMAR, April 13, 2022 - Three (3) Farmers’ Associations (FAs) located in barangays identified as End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) areas received cassava production inputs from the Department…

MCTGA: Making Tilapia Farming More Sustainable

How it started Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is a species growing in freshwater across the Philippines, that contains niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium and is, therefore, a staple commodity…

Swine repopulation program in Kalinga a success

KALINGA, April 12, 2022 - One-hundred-fourteen (114) swine raisers in Kalinga were granted piglets from the first-in-line beneficiaries under the SAAD Swine Repopulation Program through the Department of Agriculture -…

4 FCAs in ZDN granted Php 800K worth of inputs for banana production

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 6, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program turned over Php 800,000 worth of livelihood project to four farmer…

SAAD Deputy Director conducts monitoring in Siquijor

SIQUIJOR, April 8, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Deputy Director Ulysses J. Lustria, Jr. visits various SAAD beneficiaries in Siquijor to conduct…

TVFA generates income from DA-SAAD vegetable project in Piñan

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 7, 2022 – The Teresita Vegetable Farmers Association (TVFA) in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte earned an accumulated gross income of Php 71,683 from selling vegetables harvested…

Catanduanes farmers, models for resiliency – earn Php 189k from vegetable production

CATANDUANES, April 7, 2022 - Vegetable farmers earned Php 189,200.00 from the Vegetable Production and Enterprise Development Project of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, radiating…

Three FAs in Cotabato benefit from DA-SAAD’s native goat project

COTABATO, April 6, 2022 – Forty-two (42) native goats for meat and milk production were granted to three farmers' associations (FAs) in Midsayap and Aleosan on April 4. The Native…

National Program Director meets up with ZDN farmers

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, April 5, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program Director Myer G. Mula visited three (3) farmers’ associations (FA) in Zamboanga del…

Entrepreneurship and Organizational Management Trainings of DA-SAAD for IP associations in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, April 6, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program hosted a Technical Training on agripreneurship, as well as an Organizational Management…

DA-SAAD National Director visits Antique FAs

ANTIQUE, April 5, 2022 - Director Myer G. Mula, National Director of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program visited two group beneficiaries in Antique to monitor…

SAAD National Director lauds Dabawenyo FAs for enterprising efforts; reiterates CBE importance

DAVAO DE ORO, March 22, 2022 - SAAD Program National Director Myer Mula visited several Dabawenyo farmers’ associations (FAs) in his series of field visits throughout the country reiterating the…

DA-SAAD Caraga introduces low-cost feed production to Carmen poultry farmers

SURIGAO DEL SUR, April 5, 2022 – Seventeen (17) poultry farmers trained in low-cost feed formulation and production from March 22 to 23 through the Department of Agriculture - Special…

DA-SAAD National Director leads fishery livelihood project monitoring in Davao de Oro

DAVAO DE ORO, March 26, 2022 - Director Myer G. Mula of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program visited two group beneficiaries in Davao de Oro…

Magallanes farmers start peanut butter enterprise through income from vegetables

SORSOGON, March 29, 2022 – The Tula-Tula Norte Gulayan Association reported their initial income of Php 5,478 from their homemade peanut butter products, an enterprise expansion through the Department of…

14 FAs in Cotabato receive livelihood projects from DA-SAAD

COTABATO, March 25, 2022 – Fourteen farmers’ associations (FA) in Cotabato received Php 1.4 million worth of various livelihood projects from the Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development…

Hatching results, DA-SAAD continues to support poultry ventures of Bicolano farmers

BICOL, March 25, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program supports poultry ventures of farmers aiding to earn more income and stable supply. The Cabuyoan…

Moving towards climate change resilience through DA-SAAD projects

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, March 25, 2022 - Paracelis is a municipality of Mountain Province situated at an elevation of 260 meters above sea level, the clime is the perfect blend expected…

SAAD Region 8 kicks-off Leadership Training for 15 FAs

SOUTHERN LEYTE, March 24, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Region 8 jumpstarts 2022 programs by facilitating Leadership Training for fifteen (15) Farmers…

‘Egg-citing’ story in Toboso: flourishing SAAD egg production project

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, March 23, 2022 – Barangay Bandila Canubgan Farmers’ Association (BBCFA) gained Php 27,510.20 net income in six months operation of the Chicken Layer Egg Production Project provided by…

13 FCAs (195 members) receive 1.1M livestock interventions to support their mixed-crop production

SULTAN KUDARAT, March 18, 2022 – Thirteen (13) farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Sultan Kudarat received livestock interventions from the Carabao and Cattle Dispersal Projects of the Department of…

Community vegetable hub, San Pascual FA earns Php 1.3M

MASBATE, March 15, 2022 – The San Pedro Vegetable Growers Association (SPVGA) in San Pascual, Masbate earned a combined income of Php 1,317,167.50 from their harvest through the Vegetable Production…

3 DA-BFAR-SAAD FCAs in LDN show progress during National Director’s visit

LANAO DEL NORTE, March 14, 2022 - To ensure spot-on implementation of the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-BFAR-SAAD)…

Pakusgon it ekonomiya pinaagi ha DA-SAAD Program

NORTHERN SAMAR, March 17, 2022 – Interventions received by three (3) farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) from the Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) aid farmers towards…

10 Cotabato FCAs benefit from DA-SAAD’s native goat project

COTABATO, March 15, 2022 – Native goats and biologics were provided to 10 farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Cotabato from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural…

DA-SAAD chief shares expertise during the inauguration of DA-10’s strawberry prod’n facility

BUKIDNON, March 14, 2022 - Director Myer Mula, SAAD Program head, is among the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 10's esteemed guests during the inauguration of the agency's Korean Government-funded…

National Director visits SAAD Bukidnon farmers, leads the turnover of agri-assistance

BUKIDNON, March 14, 2022 - During his field visit in Kibawe, National Program Director Myer Mula of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) led the turnover of livestock, farm…

DA-SAAD teams up with SUCs to gauge program’s impact in OccMin

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, March 14, 2022 - Impact assessment of projects is in motion among the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s beneficiaries in Occidental Mindoro…

DA-SAAD National Director visits MisOcc strawberry farmers

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, March 14, 2022 - Adept in strawberry farming, Director Myer Mula of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program met with Northern Mindanao’s breakthrough strawberry…

10 NegOr cattle raisers earn 195k from auction sales

NEGROS ORIENTAL, March 11, 2022 – Through the FY 2021 Backyard Cattle Fattening project of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD), ten (10) farmers from Barangay Paniabonan…

Kabugao FCA’s Thresher from DA-SAAD earned Php 109k

APAYAO,  March 11, 2022 – Fifty-three (53) indigenous Kankanaey farmers from the Narang-ay Farmers Association (NFA) in Barangay EKB, Kabugao, Apayao generated Php 145,473 worth of revenue from the Rice…

DA-SAAD Apayao FCA steers toward food and livelihood sustainability

APAYAO, March 11, 2022- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Apayao conducted its pilot testing on sustainability and business planning for the Upstream…

DA, LGU team up to provide SAAD poultry raisers financial management training

EASTERN SAMAR, March 11, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture- Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA- SAAD) Program in partnership with the Gen. MacArthur Local Government Unit conducted a capability…

Lubuagan FCA: A table egg supplier

KALINGA, March 07, 2022 – Ninety (90) members of the Latawan, Ag-agama, and Mallongan Farmers Association (LAMFA) in Barangay Western Uma are now considered as a major supplier of table…

“That shift!”: beyond food on the table to agripreneurship through CBEs

QUEZON CITY, March 03, 2022 - In the five-year run of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), it offered significant actions towards…

10 FCAs receive banana plantlets to rehabilitate 6.1ha agri lands due to Typhoon Odette

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…

DA-SAAD 9 assists CLSU evaluation on CBEs in ZDN

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, March 3, 2022 – Social Preparation and Enterprise Development Assessment, an evaluation study on the implementation of community-based enterprises (CBEs) of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for…

Eggs-ploring women’s potential: PaCLayFA’s booming egg production in Paluan

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, March 2, 2022 – The Paluenos Chicken Laying Farmers Association (PaCLayFA) continues to strengthen families through the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Ready-to-Lay…

TIKA Country Director Aydogdu visits DA-SAAD beneficiaries in Sorsogon

SORSOGON, February 28, 2022 - Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Philippines Country Director Fahri Burak Aydogdu visited the beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

SAAD-established FCA starts egg production enterprise

APAYAO, March 1, 2022 – Twenty-five members of the Upstream Livelihood Farmers Association (ULFA) have earned from selling their produce from the chicken and egg livelihood production intervention provided by…

6 Siquijor FAs receive layer chicken under the DA-SAAD program

SIQUIJOR, March 1, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development Program (DA-SAAD) Region VII thru the Provincial Agricultural Technology Coordinating Office (PATCO) distributed Php 1.67 million worth…

Php 21k initial income of 15 poultry raisers in Catanduanes reported

CATANDUANES, February 28, 2022 – Fifteen (15) members of Suchan Chicken Raiser’s Association (SCRA) in barangay Suchan, Bagamanoc started earning from the FY 2021 Native Chicken Production and Feeds Enterprise…

16 FAs in Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat benefit from DA-SAAD’s livestock projects

SOCCSKSARGEN, February 23, 2022 – Various livestock interventions worth Php 884,284 were provided to 16 farmers’ associations in Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani during the simultaneous distribution by the Department of…

20 Catanduanes poultry raisers earn Php 46k from DA-SAAD’s duck project

CATANDUANES, February 21, 2022 – Composed of 20 members, San Vicente Gigmoto Duck Association (SVGDA) reported a gross income of Php 46,450 from selling fresh table eggs to the community.…

10 Cotabato FAs receive livestock, hybrid corn, and pinakbet seeds from DA-SAAD 12

COTABATO, February 23, 2022 – Small ruminants, carabao, hybrid corn seeds, and pinakbet seeds were provided to 10 farmers’ associations (FA) from Carmen, Kabacan, Libungan, Pigcawayan, and Midsayap, Cotabato by…

Director Mula visits OcciMin to further improve SAAD projects

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, FEBRUARY 28, 2022 - Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) National Director Myer G. Mula, Ph.D. visited Abra de Ilog and Paluan in Mamburao-Abra…

Bitter taste, sweet success: Ampalaya sweetens up Toboso coop’s income

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, February 24, 2022 – Thirty (30) members of the Pasto Agrarian Reform Cooperative (PARC) from Barangay Magticol, Toboso, Negros Occidental earned a gross income of Php 16,920 after…

DA-SAAD 11 distributes Php 13M crop-based interventions

DAVAO DE ORO, February 23, 2022 – Fifty-nine (59) Farmers Associations (FAs) across all 11 municipalities of Davao de Oro benefitted from Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural…

Harnessing the power of nature: Vegetable growers turn to Solar-Powered Irrigation through DA-SAAD project

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, February 23, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) National Director Myer G. Mula visited the recipients of the Solar-Powered Irrigation System…

Kalinga FCAs receive DA-SAAD integrated agroforestry intervention

KALINGA, February 22, 2022 – As a supplement to mango-based agroforestry implementation, two farmer cooperatives and associations (FCAs) from Rizal, Kalinga received grafted mango seedlings and vegetable seeds from the…

Kalinga FA receives upgraded goat stocks from DA-SAAD CAR

KALINGA, February 21, 2022 – Coinciding with the objective of the 161 strong Romualdez Farmers’ Association (RFA) of establishing a goat multiplier farm, 25 heads of purebred Anglo-Nubian goat composed of…

NegOr farmers thankful to DA-SAAD’s program – earn more than Php 400K from livestock

NEGROS ORIENTAL, February 21, 2022 - Through the FY 2021 Backyard Cattle Fattening project of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD), three (3) farmer associations earn an…

41 IP youth members earn Php 89k from BFAR-SAAD’s tilapia grow-out culture

DAVAO DE ORO, February 17, 2022 – Forty (41) youth members of the Barangay Upper Ulip Tribal Youth Association (BUTYA) belonging to the Mandaya Tribe in Monkayo, Davao de Oro…

GIDA, ELCAC areas receive 5,000 abaca plantlets from DA-SAAD 11

DAVAO DE ORO, February 17, 2022 - Forty (40) beneficiaries from two farmers’ associations (FAs) in New Bataan, Davao de Oro received 5,000 abaca plantlets as part of SAAD Region…

44 rebel returnees earn Php 77k from BFAR-SAAD’s tilapia grow-out culture project

PANTUKAN, DAVAO DE ORO, February 17, 2022 – Composed of 44 members, Honorary Maligaya Mahogany Farmer’s Association (HOMMAFA) in barangay Tagugpo, Pantukan, Davao de Oro earned Php 77,285 from Tilapia…

Sorsogon agripreneurs earn Php 141k from fresh and processed vegetables

SORSOGON, February 17, 2022 – Twenty-eight (28) members of Tres Marias Vegetable Grower Association (TMVGA) earned Php 141,141 from selling various vegetables, a result of the Vegetable Production Project of…

Cotabato FAs receive livestock projects from DA-SAAD

COTABATO, February 16, 2022 – Various livestock interventions were provided to 14 farmers’ associations (FA) in Cotabato by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of…

Eastern Samar FA, rising from the margins

EASTERN SAMAR, February 18, 2022 – A farmer association in Eastern Samar sets an example in the region through resiliency and continued interventions from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for…

Southern Leyte FA remains resilient amid adversity

SOUTHERN LEYTE, February 17, 2022 - Two months after the catastrophic damage to infrastructure and agriculture brought by Typhoon Odette, a farmer association (FA) in Liloan, Southern Leyte stays resilient…

DA-SAAD NPMO discusses project proposals with TIKA Philippines

TAGUIG, February 10, 2022 – Director Myer G. Mula and Special Concerns Officer Ian Kevin M. Sevilla of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program National Program…

34 Dabawenyo FAs received Php 13.5M worth of livestock interventions from DA-SAAD 11

DAVAO DE ORO, February 10, 2022 – Each 34 farmers’ associations (FAs), with 1,360 members, across 11 municipalities of Davao de Oro received 40 upgraded goats to supplement the program’s…

DA-SAAD Caraga trains Bislig farmers on organizational development

BISLIG CITY, February 10, 2022 – Twenty-seven (27) farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program from Bislig City participated in the two-day training on effective…

Farmer earns Php 46K from corn production

ANTIQUE, February 9, 2022 – Yellow corn farmer Johann Roquero, 43, generated Php 62,169 worth of revenue from the first cropping of his corn production project from the Department of…

Leyte FA receives Php 1.439M worth of livelihood project

LEYTE, February 9, 2022 – A farmer association in Mayorga, Leyte received Php 1.439 million worth of Ready-to-Lay (RTL) chickens, layer cages, and layer feeds from the Department of Agriculture…

16 Cotabato FAs benefit from DA-SAAD’s native goat project

COTABATO, February 8, 2022 – Sixteen (16) farmers’ associations (FA) in Cotabato received 217 native goats under the FY 2021 Native Goat Dispersal Project of the Department of Agriculture’s Special…

DA-SAAD 7 to speed up project implementation in 2022

CEBU CITY, February 8, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program-Central Visayas held a three-day Assessment and Planning Workshop to evaluate implemented projects and prepare…

DA-SAAD prepares for Phase 2

QUEZON CITY, January 26-28, 2022 – The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a Strategic Planning Workshop which was aimed to lay…

SAAD Program, Achieving Results

SOUTHERN LEYTE, January 29, 2022 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program paved a way in livelihood development of farmers and fisherfolk through various…

Masbate FA: source of organically-grown vegetables

MASBATE, January 26, 2022 – Thirty-six (36) members of the Sunrise Farmer’s Organization (SFO) in Pio V. Corpus, Masbate started to provide organically-grown vegetables in their community, a substantial outcome…

DA pushes for balanced fertilization in sustaining crop productivity amid rising fertilizer prices

QUEZON CITY, January 27, 2022 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) put forward the Balanced Fertilization Strategy (BFS) Program to sustain crop production as the increasing prices of fertilizer still…

Analysts expect global fertilizer price to remain high in 2022 and what the OneDA Approach response

QUEZON CITY, January 27, 2022 - The hike in fertilizer prices is a global trend and not in the Philippines alone. Economic analysts and fertilizer companies in the United States (US)…

Catanduanes poultry raisers adopt communal approach, earns Php 27K

CATANDUANES, January 25, 2022 - Three farmer-groups in Catanduanes, who adopted the communal approach in duck and chicken raising to maximize their resources and eventually start egg enterprise, accumulated a…

30 fisherfolk families in ADS receive fish drying materials

AGUSAN DEL SUR, January 25, 2022 – Thirty (30) fisherfolk families from Talacogon, Agusan del Sur (ADS) each received a fish drying net and fish crate as additional interventions from…

19 Dabawenyo FAs benefit from SAAD’s abaca stripping machines

DAVAO DE ORO, January 25, 2022 - Nineteen (19) farmers’ associations (FAs) in various far-flung areas of Davao de Oro each received stripping machines from the Department of Agriculture -…

31 Masbate vegetable farmers concludes season-long FFS

MASBATE, January 21, 2022 – San Roque Vegetable Growers Association (SRVGA) with 31 members completed the three-month Season Long Farmer Field School (FFS) on Vegetable Production Technology under the Department…

Sorsogon farmers earn from DA-SAAD’s chicken production project

SORSOGON, January 20, 2021 – Thirty (30) members of the Catanagan Farmer’s Association reported Php 7,715 initial income from selling chicken eggs, a business developed from the Free-Range Production Project…

Ampalaya farming provides Sorsogon farmers additional income

SORSOGON, January 17, 2022 – Thirty-four (34) members of the Sibago Indigenous People Farmer’s Association (SIPFA) from Sorsogon pocketed Php 9,100 after harvesting 130 kilograms (kg) of ampalaya (bitter gourd)…

Additional 75 farmers of SICAPA received Php 2.85M worth of livelihood

SIQUIJOR, January 13, 2022 - Seventy-five (75) farmers of the Siquijor Cattle Producers Association (SICAPA) received Php 2.9 million worth of interventions from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area…

Bohol farmers receive carabaos, corn-peanut seeds worth Php 3.8M

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…

Tiger Grass flourish in Natonin, Mountain Province

Broom-making through tiger grass in a highland town of Mountain Province has proven to be both profitable and beneficial in preserving indigenous products. Village elders in Pudo, Nationin also regard tiger…

Apayao farmers foster farm mechanization as an agribusiness

APAYAO, January 7, 2022 – Tractor service providers in Flora, Apayao, who are beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, earned an accumulated gross…

46 high-value crops farmers received inputs for value-adding

BICOL, January 5, 2022 – Forty-six (46) farmer associations (FA) from Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes receive Php 2.2 million worth of inputs for value-adding under the Enterprise Development Project of…

Matnog and Sta Magdalena farmers earn from poultry project

SORSOGON, January 5, 2022 – New poultry raisers from Matnog and Sta Magdalena earn an initial Php 19,159 after starting a free-range chicken egg production project from the Department of…

SAAD Bicol kicks off branding strategy for small enterprises

BICOL, January 5, 2022 – Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program beneficiaries in Bicol received product labels in support of the promotion of their high-value…

Duck raising: Adding profit, empowering women

KALINGA, January 05, 2021 - Leonie Bassong, 42, a mother of five children and wife of Nelio Bassong, is one of the beneficiaries of the Duck Production sub-project of the Department…

Masbate high-value crops farmers graduate from the Season-Long FFS

MASBATE, January 3, 2022– Forty (40) Maglambong-Cantorna, Monreal Fruit and Vegetable Farmers’ Association (FA) members graduated from Season Long Farmer Field School (FFS) on Vegetable Production Technology under the Department…

Sustaining tradition and enterprise: Basi-making in Apayao, now a family enterprise

APAYAO, January 3, 2022 - The sacred art of winemaking of the Isneg indigenous cultural community in Apayao is a skill passed on from generation to generation, and through the…

51 Masbate farmers reap rewards from duck production

MASBATE, January 3, 2022 – Two farmers’ associations from Masbate are now reaping rewards from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program’s Duck Production Project…

Binanuahan Farmers’ Association earns from veggie-processing

SORSOGON, January 3, 2022 – The Binanuahan Farmers’ Association is now earning from vegetable processing as a value-adding activity through the support provided by the Department of Agriculture – Special…

SAAD brown egg chicken production, income source for a nursing and stay-at-home mom

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, December 27, 2021 – A member of the Pudo Farmers Organization earned from selling brown eggs produced from the Brown Egg Production project provided by the Department of…

80 fisherfolk families in Agusan del Sur received fishing livelihood assistance

AGUSAN DEL SUR, December 23, 2021 – Eighty (80) fisherfolk families from 6 municipalities in the boundaries of Agusan Marsh received Php 2.2 million worth of FY 2021 Fishing Livelihood…

Analysts expect global fertilizer price to remain high in 2022

December 21, 2021 | Quezon City - The hike in fertilizer prices is a global trend and not in the Philippines alone. Economic analysts and fertilizer companies in the United States…

40 OccMin farmers learn mushroom production, processing

Basta may kabute, ang buhay ay bubuti! OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, December 20, 2021 – Forty (40) farmers from Occidental Mindoro acquired knowledge on mushroom production and processing from the Department of…

AFP proposes livelihood projects to DA-SAAD for 7 barangays in Patikul, Sulu

QUEZON CITY, December 20, 2021 – Colonel Taharudin Ampatuan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) met with Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program…

Former insurgents become mushroom growers in Bukidnon

BUKIDNON, December 20, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Northern Mindanao (Region 10) through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program conducted Mushroom Spawn Production Training to former…

180 Masbate farmers trained on organic agriculture

MASBATE, December 17, 2021 – A total of 180 Masbate farmers were capacitated in producing organic vegetable products through the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

SAAD Bicol reports 100% physical accomplishment in 2021

BICOL, December 15, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Bicol reported a projected 100% physical accomplishment for this year’s target agricultural interventions initiatives…

Mechanizing DA-SAAD’s Upland Rice Production Project in Catanduanes

CATANDUANES, December 17, 2021 – The Rainfed Island's Rice Grower Association (RIRGA) received agricultural machinery from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program as an…

Cotabato corn farmers earn Php 4.1M from second cropping

COTABATO, December 15, 2021 – The 993 Farmer’s Association of Barangay 993 in Alamada, Cotabato generated Php 4.1 million revenue from the 2nd cropping of their Department of Agriculture -…

Village-type fish landing facility awarded to Agusan del Sur fishers

AGUSAN DEL SUR, December 16, 2021 – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga Region through the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program…

SAAD capacitates 61 Dabawenyo FAs for enterprise dev’t

DAVAO DE ORO, December 15, 2021 - Sixty-one (61) Dabawenyo farmers’ associations (FA) received capacity enhancement and entrepreneurial development training from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural…

5 Bukidnon FAs receive vegetable, corn prod’n inputs

BUKIDNON, December 15, 2021 – Five farmer associations (FA) from Kalilangan and Pangantucan, Bukidnon received Php 2.1 million worth of agricultural inputs and equipment from the Department of Agriculture -…

TIKA to donate Quick Impact Projects to SAAD farmers, fishers

QUEZON CITY, December 15, 2021 – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Philippines said it will donate Quick Impact Projects (QIP) to farmers and fisherfolk of the Department of…

7 Sultan Kudarat FAs receive another set of layer chickens

SULTAN KUDARAT, December 13, 2021 – To produce more fresh table eggs, another 2,000 layer chickens were dispersed to 7 farmers’ associations (FA) in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. The project which…

DA-SAAD obligates 84% of Php 1.49B budget in 2021

PALAWAN, December 6, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program reported an obligation of 84% of its FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA)…

OccMin service provider associations receive training on machinery operations

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, December 3, 2021 – Forty (40) farm service providers joined the training on machinery operation and management conducted by the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of Magsaysay with the…

50 banana growers receive 10,000 Cardava suckers

SULTAN KUDARAT, December 3, 2021 – Fifty (50) banana growers in Sultan Kudarat received 10,000 Cardava suckers to cover 16 hectares (ha) from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area…

151 Sorsogon rice farmers receive rice production enhancement, value-adding training

SORSOGON, December 1, 2021 – A total of 151 Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program beneficiaries from Sorsogon were trained under the Rice Production and…

DA-SAAD Bicol’s Result-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Rapid Appraisal (RBMERA)

BICOL, December 1, 2021 –The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Bicol together with the development officers of the SAAD national office conducted a Result-Based Monitoring…

Management training for 19 Agusan del Sur tilapia hatchery operators conducted

AGUSAN DEL SUR, December 2, 2021 – Nineteen (19) individual tilapia hatchery operators along with ten (10) fisheries coordinators from Agusan del Sur were granted access to Bureau of Fisheries…

10 Cotabato FAs to produce fresh chicken eggs

COTABATO, December 1, 2021 – Ten (10) farmers’ associations (FA) with 267 members from five municipalities in Cotabato received 2,000 layer chicken to produce fresh table eggs. The poultry were…

DA, FPA connects with FIAP on increasing fertilizer prices

QUEZON CITY, December 1, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA), the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) and the Fertilizer Industry Association of the Philippines (FIAP) convened via zoom virtual…

OccMin farmers to pursue Organic Foliar Fertilizer Production

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, November 28, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in partnership with the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of Magsaysay conducted follow-up…

Buhid-Hanunuo farmers in ELCAC areas receive Php 1.5M farm implements

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, November 28, 2021 – Four (4) indigenous people (IP) associations in two End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) areas in San Jose received Php 1.5 million worth of…

Kalinga farmers to process sugarcane to basi, muscovado sugar

KALINGA, November 28, 2021 - The YMabaca Farmers Association (YMFA) from Balbalan, Kalinga aims to process sugarcane to basi and muscovado sugar after attending the Department of Agriculture Special Area…

60 Caraga farmers undergo leadership training

SURIGAO DEL SUR, November 25, 2021 — Sixty (60) farmer-leaders from 22 assisted associations of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Caraga participated…

180 Masbate corn farmers strengthen production, enterprise skills

MASBATE, November 17, 2021 – A total of 180 Masbate farmers strengthened their corn production and enterprise skills through the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

Cotabato farmer forms FA, earns Php 1.5M from upland rice

Situated in a far-flung area in barangay Dado, Alamada, Cotabato, lives a farmer who feeds a mouth of five. Pasigan Monking, 33, started farming at a very young age. He…

DA-SAAD Bicol spearheads training on effective public communication

SORSOGON, November 17, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bicol Region initiated training on effective technical writing, documentation, and interviewing to…

RISING FERTILIZER PRICES: A Reality

by [1]Wilfredo Roldan, [2]Myer Mula, [3]Julieta Lansangan, [4]Rowena Reyes, and [5]Ivan Layag Quezon City, November 11, 2021. The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) recognizes the ongoing plight of local farmers…

Caraga farmers trained on enterprise development

SURIGAO DEL SUR, November 17, 2021 — Farmer-partners from 32 assisted associations of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program underwent training on…

NegOr farmers transfer cattle offspring to next SAAD grantees

NEGROS ORIENTAL, November 15, 2021 – Three members of Magsusunog Small Coconut Farmer’s Organization (MSCFO) in Pamplona, Negros Oriental received one calf each from the initial Special Area for Agricultural…

Region 6 farmers, fisherfolk showcase products in SAAD Saga Trade Fair and Exhibit

ILOILO CITY, November 16, 2021 – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) partner-beneficiaries from Antique and Negros Occidental in Region 6 showcased their agricultural products in the three-day SAAD Saga…

12 top performing agri-fishery partners for SAAD implementation in Western Visayas cited

ILOILO CITY, November 14, 2021 - Twelve farmers and fishers' associations in Antique and Negros Occidental received commendation as the leading Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program partners in…

SAAD national director inspires Antique FAs to pursue sustainable projects

ANTIQUE, November14, 2021 – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) National Director Myer Mula met Valderrama, Antique farmer leaders, inspiring them to build sustainable projects after monitoring three projects in…

14 rural FAs from Sarangani receive carabaos

SARANGANI, November 8, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program provided carabaos to 14 rural farmers’ associations to support their land preparation and…

Strengthening goat production in Rizal, Kalinga

KALINGA, November 8, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program distributed Php 1.3 million worth of support to strengthen goat production in Rizal,…

98 Catanduanes goat raisers receive Php 5.7M production inputs

CATANDUANES, November 8, 2021 – Five (5) farmers’ associations (FA) with 98 members in Catanduanes received Php 5.7 million worth of goat production inputs from the Department of Agriculture –…

11 Cotabato FAs receive 150 Anglo-Nubian goats from DA-SAAD

COTABATO, November 9, 2021 – Eleven farmers’ associations (FAs) with 242 members from Cotabato received 150 Anglo-Nubian goats worth Php 1.3 million to produce meat, milk, and other goat products.…

75 Negros farmers trained to be agripreneurs

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, November 9, 2021 – Seventy-five (75) beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Negros Occidental were trained on Enterprise Development…

5 Davao de Oro FAs receive incubators to support balut, chick prod’n

DAVAO DE ORO, November 8, 2021 - Five farmers’ associations (FAs) in various far-flung areas of Davao de Oro received incubators from the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for…

175 Siquijor farmers receive livestock, poultry worth Php 10.7M

SIQUIJOR, November 9, 2021 – A total of 175 farmers from Siquijor received Php 10.7 million worth of interventions for livestock (cattle and goat) and poultry (chicken) production from the…

DA-SAAD Kalinga expands area for swine repopulation program

KALINGA, November 3, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Kalinga identified eight additional barangays for the 2021 swine repopulation program aimed…

85 Negros Oriental farmers venture into goat meat processing

NEGROS ORIENTAL, November 3, 2021 – Eighty-five (85) farmers from Negros Oriental will venture into goat meat or chevon processing after attending three training activities from the Department of Agriculture…

Agta IP farmers earn from SAAD’s mallard duck egg production

SORSOGON, November 3, 2021 – Members of the Ogod Indigenous People Agta Agricultural Production Association earned from selling egg produce by the mallard ducks livelihood production provided by the Department…

DA-SAAD enhances livestock, poultry raisers’ readiness in Catanduanes

CATANDUANES, October 31, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA–SAAD) Program conducted various training to 151 Catanduanes farmers to refresh and enhance their technical…

SAAD Director visits beneficiaries in Negros Oriental

QUEZON CITY, October 27, 2021- Director Myer G. Mula of the Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program visited 8 beneficiaries (5 individuals and 3 groups) in…

Two FAs from Sultan Kudarat accumulate Php 604K from corn project

SULTAN KUDARAT, October 27, 2021 – Two farmers’ associations (FA) from Sultan Kudarat recorded a gross income of Php 604,445 after selling 48,943 kilograms (kg) of corn, priced at Php…

60 Bohol farmers receive Php 2.1M worth of carabaos as draft animals

BOHOL, October 27, 2020 - A total of 60 farmers in President Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol received Php 2.1 million worth of carabaos to be used as draft animals under…

DA-SAAD Region 8 implementers trained on pests, diseases management

QUEZON CITY, October 18, 2021- Thirty-seven (37) Special Area for Agricultural Development Program implementers were trained on pests and diseases management by experts from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region…

390 Bohol farmers from 9 FAs receive farm inputs worth Php 14M

BOHOL, October 13, 2021 - A total of 390 farmers from Buenavista, Bohol received Php 14,348,300 worth of farm inputs from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for…

4 FAs in Davao de Oro receive duck project for balut enterprise

DAVAO DE ORO, October 14, 2021 - Four farmers’ associations (FA) in Laak, Davao de Oro received 540 mallard ducks worth Php 646,427.72 from the Department of Agriculture (DA) -…

Farmers celebrate vegetable harvest festival in Piñan, ZDN

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, October 14, 2021 - Forty-four members of Teresita Vegetable Farmers Association (TVFA) celebrated a festival after harvesting 3,000 cabbages weighing 400 kilograms in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte…

HMRA members amass Php 547K revenue from bangus project

 LANAO DEL NORTE, October 13, 2021 – Hukbong Mananagat in Riverside Association (HMRA) with 29 members in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte earned Php 547,947 after selling 4,590 kilograms (kg) of…

30 Sarangani farmers record 12.2mt corn harvest; gross Php 108K

SARANGANI, October 13, 2021 – Thirty (30) members of Larangan Farmers Association (LFA) in Kablacan, Maasim in Sarangani recorded 12.2 metric tons (mt) corn harvest, which secured their income, food,…

To greater heights: Inang Piling’s dream of establishing an agritourism site

At the onset of the global pandemic where industries are immobilized, the state turned into independent cultivation and food production to secure food supplies as physical movement is identified as…

Mountain Province elder earns from DA-SAAD chicken production project

There is no retirement age in farming. The wide spectrum of activities in agriculture enables experienced elderly workers to remain socially integrated especially in economic activities. Farming can be done…

Health worker to egg producer: Rosita Masangkay’s story

The bottom line of social integration is to aim for a balanced and cohesive relationship between sectors in the community. While impairments occur among the old age sector that can…

House Committee on Rural Development partners with BSP to empower DA-SAAD beneficiaries on financial inclusion and literacy

QUEZON CITY, October 14, 2021— In Commemoration of the House of Representatives 114th Anniversary, the Committee on Rural Development headed by Chairperson Hon. Elsa T. Kho in partnership with the…

40 Subanen farmers trained on strawberry production

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, October 11, 2021 – Forty Subanen strawberry growers in Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental attended the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s training…

Senior Citizen Swine Production Project in Sorsogon earns Php 78K

“Ang SAAD ay isang instrumento para sa kaunlaran.”  To secure inclusiveness and diversity in every community, each sector should strategically plan to cater to the needs of all ages. Aging…

16 Mt. Province fisherfolk groups receive SAAD post-production packages

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, October 8, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) distributed Php 402,080 worth of postharvest…

DA-Region 13 holds Regional SAAD Saga Forum; awards 6 exemplary beneficiaries, associations

BISLIG CITY, October 8, 2021 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 13 awarded 6 Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program farmers and fisherfolk beneficiaries from Surigao del Sur…

64-year-old farmer in Tacurong City earns Php 510K from hito (catfish) production

Dante Allarilla Patiño is a 64-year-old resident of Purok Rose, Brgy. Baras in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. He is married to Flora Arsenio Patiño, who together raised 10 children.  Mr.…

Elder in Linamon, LDN earns Php 20K from selling pigs

A mother of four and a widower, Alberta V. Monterde, is one of the 16 members of the Purakan SAAD Farmers Association. The association was formed exclusively for the SAAD…

Senior citizens FA generates Php 168K gross income from eggs

Background The Barangay Sibsib Senior Citizen Farmer’s Association (BSSCFA) in Tulunan, North Cotabato, organized on June 15, 2020, is composed of 25 members (Table 1) chaired by Antonio Awit. Most…

Bohol fishers earn Php 288K through DA-SAAD milkfish culture project

BOHOL, October 7, 2021- The Marianasan Seaweed Grower and Fisherfolk Association (MASEGAFA) from barangay Jandayan Sur, Getafe, Bohol earned Php 288,530 gross sales from the Milkfish or Bangus Fish Cage…

Integrated Farming: A 66-year-old’s approach to success

Depicts the success story of Mr. Vicente Maglangit, a Senior Citizen and one of the members of Linamon Fisherfolk and Agricultural Cooperative (LIFACO) in Linamon, Lanao del Norte Background While…

4 Dabawenyo senior citizen farmers improve lives from DA-SAAD livelihood projects

DAVAO DE ORO - Dabawenyo senior citizen beneficiaries found new avenues to increase their income through the program’s livelihood projects of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD). …

Lublub elder helps community keep hunger at bay amid pandemic through DA-SAAD project

Background  Valderrama is one of the 18 municipalities in Antique, in which most of its barangays are in the upland where accessibility is limited. Only those in the Poblacion and…

Cotabato FAs benefit from DA-SAAD’s layer chicken and cattle projects

 COTABATO, October 4, 2021 – Five farmer associations (FA) in Cotabato received 600 layer chickens and three cattle from the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program on…

Dedicated, selfless Nanay Lucy in her DA-SAAD goat production journey

Lucy B. Espanilla or Nanay Lucy, 67, is the only parent to her grandchild and has done everything in her power including harvesting salago fibers (fibers used in banknotes and…

SAAD Saga: DA Caraga recognizes outstanding beneficiaries of Surigao del Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR, October 5, 2021— The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recognized another set of outstanding farmers and fishers of the Special…

76-year-old woman-farmer contributes through community food and seed system

KALINGA, October 04, 2021 - A 76-year-old Yfangad vegetable farmer of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program inspires locals to engage in sustainable agriculture,…

33 Maragusan fishers benefit from Tilapia Grow-out Culture project

DAVAO DE ORO, October 1, 2021 – Thirty-three fishers from Maragusan cultivated a total of 2,405 square meters’ pond area after receiving 8,800 pieces’ tilapia fingerlings, agricultural inputs, and postharvest…

DA7 RED leads turnover of upland rice production project in NegOr

NEGROS ORIENTAL, October 1, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Central Visayas (DA Region 7) Regional Executive Director Attorney Salvador D. Diputado headed the turnover of Php 498,600 worth…

SAAD farmer earns Php 43K, supplies yellow corn to chicken feed producer

SORSOGON, September 30, 2021 - Corn farmer Josefina Milarpes, 50, earned Php 43,125 after harvesting at least 2,875 kilograms (kg) of yellow corn in August 2021, from a project granted…

4 FAs receive DA-SAAD’s Php 5.1M livestock support towards enterprise

APAYAO, September 30, 2021- Four farmers’ associations (FAs) from Apayao received 124 goats from the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program. Thirty-four (34) members…

Compostela fisherfolk received tilapia grow-out culture project

DAVAO DE ORO, September 30, 2021 – The Quarry Highlanders Farmer’s Association with 61 members from Barangay Ngan, Compostela, Davao de Oro was selected as one of the 9 group…

SAAD Saga: DA Region 13 recognizes farmers and fishers of Agusan del Sur

AGUSAN DEL SUR, September 30, 2021 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recognized exceptional Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) farmers- and…

40 Sulu farmers accorded with cassava production project

SULU, September 29, 2021 – Forty farmers from Omar, Sulu were granted with Cassava Production Project worth Php 807,120 to cover 21 hectares, a livelihood from 2021 funding by the…

25 Bohol farmers equipped on livestock and poultry disease management

BOHOL, September 27, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 trained 25 farmers in Bohol on livestock and poultry diseases…

ZDN farmers’ association harvests 1MT squash from communal garden

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 20, 2021 – The Buenavista Farmers Association (BFA) in Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) harvested 1 metric ton (mt) of squash worth over Php 30,000 from their…

Region 13 to hold its first SAAD Saga forum

QUEZON CITY, September 22, 2021 - To recognize the exceptional farmer and fisherfolk beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program, the Agriculture (DA)…

10 ZDN farmers expect 61.4MT rice harvest through SAAD project

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, September 21, 2021 - Ten members of the Rizalina Farmers Association from Zamboanga del Norte are expecting a cumulative harvest of 61.4 metric tons (MT) of rice…

Six Nunungan farmers’ Php 289K income from eggs, an enterprise in the making

Mr. Emam’s life before and during the onset of CoViD-19 The more that the health system issues have become even more glaring in the country, the more that it has…

Cattle fattening project distributed to 3 FAs in Negros Oriental worth Php 1.6M

NEGROS ORIENTAL, September 21, 2021 - Thirty-five cattle worth Php 1,654,020 were delivered to 35 farmers who are members of three associations in La Libertad, Negros Oriental. The livestock, which…

Patikul farmers receive 30 layer chicken egg machines

SULU, September 21, 2021 - Forty farmers in Patikul, Sulu received 30 modules of egg machines from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 9 through the Special Area for Agricultural…

San Remigio rice farmers increase income threefold

About MAGVIBA rice farmers In the hinterlands of San Remigio, Antique where development could hardly reach, a relatively small group of rice farmers sprung in Barangay Magdalena. Creating an inclusive…

From farm to doorstep: SAAD farmer delivers fresh vegetables to customers

MASBATE, September 13, 2021 – A Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program vegetable production beneficiary now delivers fresh harvests to customers through a motorcycle bought…

Catanduanes farmers upskilled on rice production and enterprise development

CATANDUANES, September 14, 2021 – Fifty-six (56) rice farmers in Catanduanes underwent training on production and enterprise development under the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD)…

Agta Tabangnon farmers from Sorsogon finish FFS under DA-SAAD

SORSOGON, September 10, 2021 – Thirty-two (32) farmers belonging to the Agta Tabangnon community in Brgy. Gimagaan, Donsol Sorsogon completed a season-long Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on Vegetable Production Technology…

Tongrayan IPs of Kalinga receive agri-inputs to establish local enterprises

KALINGA, September 10, 2021 – The Tongrayan Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Tinglayan, Kalinga were awarded Php 10,800,100 worth of agricultural projects as livelihood assistance aimed at establishing community-based enterprises from…

Bohol farmers venture into vegetable processing and value-adding

BOHOL, September 8, 2021 - Representatives of 9 farmers’ associations in Bohol and 9 trainers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in…

Sarangani fishers group earns Php 110K from open sea fishing

About the Purok Mabuhay Fisherfolk Association (PMFA) and Challenges In 2008, a group of 15 women in Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Datu Dani, Kiamba, Sarangani was organized to augment their husband’s…

Region 13 abaca farmers achieve 55% sales increase thru SAAD-funded equipment

Location Talacogon, a 2nd class municipality, is considered the heart of Agusan del Sur. Surrounded by 8 municipalities and two adjacent cities, the town is advantageous for agricultural trade and…

In farming, age is just a number: Story of Pancrasio E. Cascas

Background Who says old age is weak and dull? Mr. Pancrasio E. Cascas, 72, still has exceptional farming skills and strength. At an early age, Tatay Lolong started helping his…

Panaon farmer earns Php 33K from Corn Production Project

Lino Ambag, a hardworking farmer in Panaon, Misamis Occidental, became a beneficiary of the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in 2020. As one of the 200…

Coffee production and processing skills, 40 NegOcc farmers equipped

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, September 3, 2021 – On August 27 and September 1, 40 members of Menchaca, Malanog, Dolis Farmers’ Association (MMDFA) were equipped with knowledge in Coffee Production and Processing…

Sarangani farmers earn Php 29K from vegetable

SARANGANI, September 1, 2021 – The Lumigo-Cogon Farmer’s Association (LCFA) with 133 members from Glan, Sarangani accumulated Php 29,565 gross income from their vegetable production from January to August 2021.…

390 Bien Unido farmers granted with Php 3.8M worth livestock, crop production projects

BOHOL, September 1, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 distributed Php 3,850,219 worth of livestock and crop production intervention to…

SAAD proposes 2022 program implementation

QUEZON CITY, August 30, 2021 - The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) planned its last year of implementation, 2022. The SAAD national and…

SAAD Negros Oriental provides Php 1.4M cattle fattening project to farmers in Mabinay

NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 27, 2021 - The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Region 7 provided 30 cattle worth Php 33,000 each to Mabinay…

17 technicians set to train 300 SAAD farmers on carabao production

BOHOL, August 25, 2021- The Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Bohol equipped 17 technicians to train 300 beneficiaries of the 2021 Integrated Carabao…

SAAD delivers inputs for 110 Apayao farmers’ chicken, egg venture

APAYAO, August 26, 2021 - Department of Agriculture - Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program initially delivered 4,950 female free-range chickens to 110 farmers of the Sta. Maria, Allig,…

78 Buhid-Mangyan farmers receive hand tractors from SAAD

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, August 26, 2021 – Seventy-eight Buhid-Mangyan farmers in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro received Php 897,000 worth of hand tractors from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for…

SAAD farmer in Mt Province increases pig production by threefolds

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, August 23, 2021 - Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program’s Swine Production beneficiary Wilma Bodisen from Mountain Province increased her animal stocks…

DA-SAAD CAR awards 800 ducks to Apayao poultry raisers

APAYAO, August 24, 2021- The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) turned over 800 Muscovy ducks to 70 poultry…