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Zambo Norte farmers get P1.6M livelihood while on pandemic

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 09 (PIA) – Despite the challenges brought about by the surge of COVID-19 cases in Zamboanga Del Norte, the Department of Agriculture (DA) remained steadfast in providing livelihood interventions to its farmer-partners in the province.

Through the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, a total of Php 1,644,550.00 worth of Broiler Chicken Raising Project was granted to three farmers associations, namely: Oyan Farmers Association in the municipality of Sibutad, Poblacion Women’s Association in Mutia, and the Tampilisan Subanen Cultural Minority Association (TSCMA) in Tampilisan, recently.

Under the SAAD FY 2021, the associations received 9,900 broiler chicks, 482 bags of feeds (starter, booster and finisher), and some biologics.

“We commit to do our best in managing this farm. This will help us get through in life amidst the pandemic. SAAD previously granted us the Carabao and Cattle Dispersal Project, and now we are venturing into broiler chicken raising. We are thankful to DA-SAAD for the successes achieved by our association,” Oyan FA president Allan Elumbaring said.

The TSCMA, on the other hand, received 5,900 broiler chicks which will be distributed to its three clusters in the North, East and West.

The said associations are part of the SAAD program beneficiaries who were provided with additional livelihood projects during this time of COVID-19 difficulty. (RVC/PIA9 with reports from Aimee Lou D. Madjus/DA-RFO IX, RAFIS)

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Rene Carbayas

Assistant Regional Head

Region 9

Media practitioner, a teacher by profession, an advocate for youth, peace and environment, culture and the arts, playwright and theater artist, earned his Masters Degree in Theater at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and pursued studies in public administration at Western Mindanao State University. Some 18 years in public service and today as Assistant Regional Director of the Philippine Information Agency Region IX.

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