Davao de Oro Province— With the partnership of the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAGRO) and the Department of Agriculture Region XI, families in some parts of Davao de Oro got the chance to raise an upgraded native chicken in their backyard under the SAAD Program (Special Area for Agricultural Development).

SAAD Program is funded by the Department of Agriculture meant to alleviate poverty among the marginalized sectors on agriculture and fishery. Amid the imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) the Department of Agriculture in Partnership with PAGRO and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), successfully distributed 3000 upgraded native chickens in Barangay Araibo, Tagugpo and Napnapan in the municipality of Pantukan with 200 beneficiaries per barangay last week including a waterer, 1 bag of feeds and an 8 in 1 vegetable pack that could be planted in their yards.

“Dako na kaayo ning tabang sa amua kay kini pwede kaayo namong palambuon ug pasanayon kay ug mubaot ang panahon nga wa ta katag-an sa unsay pwede mahitabo nga kalamidad sama ani karun, atleast naa mi mapundar maskin ginagmay ug dako pod kaayo amuang pasalamat sa gobyerno niini.” said one of the beneficiaries in Barangay Araibo, Pantukan, Davao de Oro.

For this week, another 3000 upgraded native chickens will be distributed to Barangay Calabcab and Panangan in the municipality of Maco, Davao de Oro. A total of 24, 000 chickens were completely distributed by the program as the 18,000 heads were already given last year in the municipalities of Monkayo, New Bataan, Montevista, Nabunturan, Mawab and Maragusan.

The program’s goal as stated by the SAAD Focal Person, Naomi Lamata is to make the beneficiaries into agri-entrepreneurs or an agri-enterprise through having a cooperative. (Jasteen Abella, ID DAVAO DE ORO)

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