Two hundred and sixty-four (264) beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program in Catanduanes received poultry inputs and materials for the SAAD Poultry Production Projects for 2021.

Even more spirited as it nears conclusion, the program continues to extend agri-inputs to 11 Catanduanes farmers’ associations (FAs) from San Miguel, Panganiban, and Bagamanoc for start-up duck and chicken production. 

Mallard ducks and free-range chickens with feeds and other poultry supplies with an estimated value of Php 8.5 million were distributed to the associations.

𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙣 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩

In total, 2,400 free-range chickens went to the Balatohan Chicken Raisers Association, JMA Tucao Chicken Raisers Association, Cabuyoan Native Chicken Association, San Miguel Poultry Association, Salvacion Chicken Raisers Association, and Suchan Chicken Raisers Association. Each FA received 400 chickens, chicken feeds, laminated sacks, feeder, drinker or waterer, and plastic screen or net, benefiting 125 beneficiaries. (See table 1 for Chicken Production distribution)

Mr. Bryan Estinopo, Suchan Chicken Raisers Association (SCRA) president, shared the association’s plans with the poultry inputs.

“Pag produktibo na ining mga manok, pigaplano namo uya ibenta su mga sugok. Mapadakol man kami ning manok gamit su incubator na tinao ning SAAD kang 2020 para sa mga benepisyaryo ning manok ngani pwede man namo maipabakal. Ikan man po kaming balak na magibo ning salted egg para pandagdag sa kita. Magayon na programa ang SAAD ta dakol ang natatabangan sa paagi ning pagtao ning pang-urualdaw na kaipuhan namo,” said Mr. Estinopo.

[“When the chickens are already productive, we are planning to sell the eggs. We will also use the incubator provided by the DA-SAAD to the beneficiaries in 2020 to hatch eggs and sell live chickens. Some members are also willing to make salted eggs to increase their income. SAAD is a good program because it supports a lot by providing assistance that helps us acquire our daily needs.”]

𝘿𝙪𝙘𝙠 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩

Similarly, 6 FAs from Bato, Baras, and Gigmoto each received 400 mallard ducks, feeds, and production supplies like laminated sacks, feeder, waterer, and plastic screen or net.

The associations are the Cagraray Duck Raisers Association and San Roque Duck Raisers Association in Bato, San Miguel SAAD Duck Raisers Association, and Sta. Maria Duck Raisers Association in Baras, Barang-an Duck Association, and San Vicente Gigmoto Duck Association in Gigmoto. The project assisted a total of 139 beneficiaries. (See table 2 for Duck Production distribution)

The mallard ducks and production supplies provided are worth Php 4,465,500 under SAAD’s Duck Production Project for FY 2021.

𝙑𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚-𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙨

The Suchan Chicken Raisers Association and San Miguel SAAD Duck Raisers Association are targeted to start their poultry production enterprise after the conduct of the Training on Poultry Production and Enterprise, which is set for September.

To reinforce the training, a provision of supplies for processing and selling of poultry products such as freezer, plastic drum, crates, weighing scale, containers, egg trays, and pots was arranged for the FAs. 

All the associations already prepared areas to house the chickens and ducks prior to the delivery of the stocks.

The distribution of 3-4 months old mallard ducks and chickens was completed on August 18.

SAAD projects give poultry farmers access to start-up capital such as mallard ducks and chickens, and provide opportunities to venture into the promotion of egg products. It also aims to augment the income of marginalized farmers who mainly rely on farming for their livelihood. ###

Writer: Sarah Jane C. Taway, DA SAAD Catanduanes – Information Officer

Sources: PPMO Catanduanes


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