DA-SAAD Siquijor hits two birds with one stone

Created on Thursday, 31 March 2022

The Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 7 hits two birds with one stone, in its recent egg production project in the province of Siquijor.

Benefited from the project are two farmers, Jay Ocso and his cousin, Roger Ocso, 49 and 54 years old respectively. Both share the same challenges and strives in life but they have different means of earning for their families. Jay, a father of two, is a part-time carpenter and his wife, a house caretaker. To make ends meet Jay borrows a fishing boat from his brother to provide their daily meals. While Roger works as an on-call driver, construction worker, and fisherman.
Scantiness was an everyday struggle for both until they were trained on chicken egg production and management of layer chicken. From the DA allocation of P4.64M, they consider themselves fortunate as beneficiaries of the said program.
The project was turned over to the provincial government in May 2021 and in October of the same year Jay and Roger received 48 heads of ready-to-lay chicken, 14 bags of feeds, and 100 pieces of egg trays, or a total module package worth P92.8T.
The project was so successful that Jay and Roger harvested 5,247 pieces of eggs and earned P25.8T in its initial harvest. For Jay and Roger, the project provided them with an income stream that they badly need.
Another anticipated positive impact of the SAAD project is the hike in egg production in the province which currently stands at 1.099 million metric tons in 2021. For this batch, SAAD accommodated 100 farmers whose products are expected to augment the egg production volume in the province.