After a succesful demonstration of the Bitaug Small Coconut Farmers Association (BISMACOFA) in Bitaug, Enrique Villanueva with peanut production in 2021, DOST expanded its Community and Empowerment thru Science and Technology or CEST project in Maria, Siquijor.
With a grant of P1,000,000.00 pesos, the Liloan-Saguing Farmers and Fishers Association or LISAFFA became another beneficiary of the DOST project.
Last July 26-27, 2022, the members of LISAFFA underwent a training on Peanut Production with Siquijor State College as the initiator being the implementing agency of such project. Representatives from PLGU-Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, TESDA, DOST- Siquijor PSTC, MLGU-Maria, MAO-Maria, BLGU-Saguing, Maria, Siquijor were present during the training.
Dr. Philna S. Palongpalong, the project leader from SSC said: “I am priviliged to continue as an agent of DOST for giving a livelihood starter for farmers and fishers alike. It is with great hope that we could duplicate what has been a successful pursuit on peanut production in Bitaug, Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor.”
DOST-Siquijor Provincial Director Engr. Mario E. de la Peña noted: “What DOST is doing in Siquijor is to come up with a major commodity to focus on – which is peanut production. The vision is to create a value chain on peanuts which will be sustained through the informed application of science and technology.”
Right now, the members of LISAFFA are into land preparation, perfection of lease agreement, and by first week of September 2022, they will begin to plant peanuts into a four-hectare farm. (by: Jose Aldous Rubi Arbon II)
Members of LISAFFA underwent training on peanut production last July26-27, 2022 with representatives from DOST, OPA, TESDA, SSC, and OPA.