DA provides assistance during 13th ARENA XI
MACO, Compostela Valley - Over P500,000 worth of seedlings and vegetable seeds were provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 to more than a thousand rural farmers at New Leyte, here, during the 13th Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) XI Serbisyo Caravan, recently.
The two-day activity aimed to give interventions to the far-flung or remote areas in Davao region wherein the residents can feel the services given by the government. The assistance also aimed to help alleviate the living condition of the people in the area.
DA provided 439 packs of vegetable seeds, 5, 580 cacao seedlings, 344 durian seedling, 300 coffee seedlings, 100 bundles of cassava stalks, and 100 bags of corn seeds.
Compostela Valley Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Rolando Simene said that the intervention will help improve the livelihood of the farmers and give them additional income by doing backyard gardening.
Furthermore, Dr. Simene stressed that, “these seedlings which we provided, although in a minimal scale, can still go far as long as our farmers will strive hard so that this will give them added income.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Simene points out that those farmers who were not around during the Serbisyo Caravan can still avail the program by going to their respective municipal and provincial agriculture office and give their requests.
“We are thankful that DA is helping the people here in the different barangays of Comval, and hopefully the provisions of seedlings will continue so that we will have additional livelihood,” Alfredo Enggay, one of the farmer-recipients said.
The ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan is a quarterly activity of national government agencies since 2011 which gives one-stop government services to rural folks in far-flung areas who are not able to normally receive immediate healthcare, legal, and agricultural services.(