SAAD Farmer-Beneficiaries/Associations participate in Agri-Fairs

Created on Monday, 15 July 2019 Published Date

Traditionally, the month of May is celebrated as Farmers’ and Fisherfolk Month by the Department of Agriculture.  Hence, activities that recognize and give tribute to our hardworking food producers are held to acknowledge their efforts and contribution to the communities they are part of.

One of these activities is the joint Regional Gawad Saka Search and Regional Rice Achievers Award where the most prestigious Rice Achievers Awards are given to highly performing provinces/municipalities/cities, Agricultural Extension Workers, Local Farmer Technicians, and Irrigators’ Associations.

Another is the conduct of agri-aqua fairs where commodities by our farmers and fishermen are showcased demonstrating their productivity, and in the process, earning some income for them.  In these occasions, exhibitors get acquainted with their fellow farmers, exchange constructive ideas, and learn best practices from each other.

SAAD beneficiaries are eager and always on the lookout for such opportunities where they can be introduced to the consuming public for prospective business tie-ups with entrepreneurs or larger markets.  Thus, it was with this purpose in mind that the RPMSO 8 organized a booth for the DA–RFO 8-sponsored Agri-Aqua Fair at the Robinson’s Mall in Brgy. Marasbaras, Tacloban City where products from different beneficiaries/associations all over Region 8 were displayed on May 28-30, 2019.

Sales of assorted vegetables from the Bulod Integrated Farmers Association based in Brgy. Bulod, Sta. Fe, Leyte earned for them a total of PhP1,876.00.  Customers had a swell time choosing fresh okra, string beans, ampalaya, green & sweet pepper, and Baguio beans.  Two (2) trays salted eggs produced by the Hinabangan Integrated Duck Raisers Association of Hinabangan, Samar sold for PhP720.00.  Salted and duck eggs from Brgy. Cagbonga, Borongan City had total sales of PhP2,736.00.  Bananas, camote, and sticky rice were sold by the San Antonio Integrated Farmers Association, Brgy. San Antonio, Basey, Samar for PhP1,220.00.  There were also other products sold by individual beneficiaries, such as OPV white corn, macaroons, cookies, etc.  Collectively, total sales of the booth amounted to PhP13,156.00.

In Matag-ob, Leyte, the Cansoso Livelihood Association of Workers (CLAW) and Sta. Rosa Farmers’ Association joined the Farmer’s Day Celebration held on June 4, 2019 at the poblacion proper, which was organized in conjunction with the celebration of the Feast of Sr. San Antonio de Padua.  The CLAW booth won as Best Booth, garnering a prize of PhP5,000.00.  Aside from the prize, expenses for the construction of the booth were reimbursed by the municipal government.  What got the judges’ nod was the meticulous labeling of the assorted products, complete with their scientific names.  The vegetables, fruits, and bananas were a sight to behold with their creative arrangements.  Total sales for all products in the booth reached PhP18,570.00.  The association members also won major prizes in the dance categories held at the culmination of the event.

In commemoration of its 59th Founding Anniversary, the Province of Southern Leyte held on June 27-July 1, 2019 an Agri-Fair & Garden Show 2019 at the Tree Park, Capitol Grounds in Asuncion, Maasin City.  Dir. Milo D. Delos Reyes, CESE, OIC Regional Executive Director of the DA–Regional Field Office 8 cut the ceremonial ribbon and was the Guest Speaker during the Opening Program.

The SAAD PPMSO–Southern Leyte was allocated a space for a booth where IEC materials about the program and other DA commodities were prominently displayed.  Swine Production Project beneficiary, Ms. Virginia Montehermoso, who is a member of the Asuncion Farmers Association of Malitbog, sold four (4) lechon for the duration of the event.  A total of 93 kg. was sold at PhP440.00/kg. for an aggregate gross sales of PhP40,920.00.  Net income from sales of the delectable lechon amounted to PhP7,170.00.  A recipient of the Duck Production Project, Mr. Nemesio Himarangan, of Brgy. Mauylab, Bontoc, likewise sold 10 trays salted eggs on the first day at PhP300.00/tray, earning PhP3,000.00 income for his efforts.

The power of small-scale but consistent initiatives by the program to help bring about change in the lives of the farmers has been manifested in these types of activity where farmer beneficiaries/associations have become sufficiently enabled to market their product/s.  Some have levelled-up to become entrepreneurs with their value-added goods; in the process, earning more than if they sell their produce in their raw state.  SAAD Program continuously instills in its recipients that industry, hard work, and perseverance are the salvation of man that will deliver them from poverty and want.  (MICHAEL F. DABUET, SAAD Staff, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)


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