(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 August 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. At 3:00 PM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 550 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.5N, 125.4E). TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AT 3:00 AM TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 735 KM WEST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (21.1°N, 114.8°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KM/H MOVEMENT; EAST SOUTHEASTWARD SLOWLY Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

DA reviews midyear accomplishments, eyes 8 Caraga farmers enterprise by 2022

BUTUAN CITY -- "The DA-SAAD is result-oriented. Meeting our target deliveries is just a portion of it. At the end of the day, our goal is to improve the lives of our farmer-partners,” emphasized Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga during the mid-year review and assessment of the program. 

Halfway through 2021, the regional and provincial implementers of the DA-Caraga’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program convened in a virtual meeting to discuss the program’s progress for the first semester of CY 2021. 

In his message, Dir. Monteagudo elaborated on the yardstick for assessing the program’s impact. 

“SAAD should be able to touch the lives of our farmers. Dapat may pagbabago sa buhay nila [There should be an improvement in their living status]," he said.

The DA-SAAD Caraga, after establishing crop and animal production projects for its 32 farmers’ associations in 2019, and guiding the same groups in sustaining their projects since 2020, has entered its enterprise management phase this year.  

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Among the accomplishments reported by the program area coordinators in Agusan del Sur (AdS) and Surigao del Sur (SdS) included the conduct of various crop and animal production and management training within the first half of 2021. 

In AdS, a series of training on abaca pre-and post-harvest handling were conducted among farmers in Veruela, San Luis, Rosario, and Talacogon. San Luis farmers also underwent training on nursery management while Rosario farmers learned about chicken and cacao production.

Meanwhile, in SdS, select farmers in the municipality of Lingig participated in hands-on training on treating goats. Bislig farmers also zeroed in on good animal husbandry practices and chicken production. 

Select farmers in Bayabas were also trained on peanut production, which was followed up with a farm visit. Carmen farmers, through the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), were also trained on product packaging, labeling, and pricing of camote chips.  

In AdS, the DA-SAAD livelihood projects are mostly crop-related, while Surigao del Sur is dominantly animal production. This year, to diversify the farm produce of the beneficiaries, some associations have also ventured into side projects, such as the abaca production of P-7 Panaosawon Farmers Association the peanut production of Balete Corn Growers’ Association in Bayabas, SdS.

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Since 2019, the DA-SAAD Program has reached 1,016 individuals who are now members of the 32 beneficiary associations from AdS and SdS. From the said associations, eight are eyed to become established agripreneurs in 2022. 

The FAs included in Agusan del Sur are the Cosep People’s Organization (Rosario), Cecelia Abaca Corn Planters (San Luis), and Candiis SAAD Farmers Association (Veruela), all managing the SAAD-funded native chicken production projects.

Meanwhile, in SdS, the Cancavan Corn Growers Association (Carmen), Balete Chicken Growers Association (Bayabas), Burboanon Native Chicken Raisers’ Association (Bislig City), and Rajah Cabung-suan Farmers Association (Lingig) are expected to continue selling chickens to their target markets, further solidifying their entrepreneurship. 

Members of the Mag-uumang Manobo sa Hinapoyan Association (Carmen), as well, are expected to mass produce camote chips next year. 

As part of its targets for the CY 2021, the DA-SAAD Program has allotted Php 1.6 million for capability building of its farmer-partners. (๐‘€๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ ๐ด๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’๐‘™๐‘œ ๐‘ƒ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐ท๐ด-๐‘†๐ด๐ด๐ท ๐ถ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘Ž/PIA Caraga)