BFAR SAAD Program continues to produce abundant harvest amid Pandemic
Last June 11-13, 2020, a total of 12,818 kilos of Bangus and 313 kilos of Kitang harvested from the 4 units Marine fish cages of the identified Maco Fisherfolk Association. The harvest took place at Bucana, Maco, Davao de Oro.
This fisherfolk association composed of 45 members is among the 150 identified beneficiaries of Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program of Department of Agriculture through Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 11.
Launched in 2017, the SAAD Program has already been implemented in its pursuit toward a food-secured Philippines. It was primarily envisioned to combat poverty incidence in target areas, to increase food production through continuous provision of appropriate interventions such as provision of Fiberglass motorized banca, fishing gears, trainings and Marine fish cage.
As of March 2020, thanks to this program, fish production that amounted to 118.93427 MT was recorded from the three municipalities in Davao de Oro: Maco, Mabini and Pantukan.
The Maco LGU in partnership with the BFAR 11 assisted in the implementation of various intervention to beneficiaries. The assistance varied from the dispersal of fingerlings, fish farm inputs and technical assistance to ensure a sustainable fisheries productivity in the project.
BFAR 11 led by the recently installed OIC, Regional Director Alfeo G. Piloton pledged to continue the SAAD Program to ensure food security in Davao region. This, in line with the existing mandate of Sec. Dar: “A food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk."
Info via: Maricel P. Antiga, BFAR 11 SAAD focal person
Photo/video credits: Nica Silva and Cairee Digal