Samareños of Calbayog City get to know Sikat Saka (Batch 3 Briefing)

 Samareños of Calbayog City get to know Sikat Saka  (Batch 3 Briefing)

Being one of the implementers of the Sikat-Saka program briefing, the Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center 8 together with other  DA - attached agencies, once again oriented prospect borrowers on the guidelines and processes involved in availing of the loan program as well as capability building that would enhance their financial management skills based on their prepared farm plan and budget. 
The Sikat-Saka Provincial Action Team (PAT) is composed of ATI, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 8 (DA-RFO 8), the National Food Authority (NFA), and the City Agriculture Office. 
The action team presented the Sikat-Saka program policies and guidelines, crop insurance application, as well as the hybrid rice technology and rice management to the farmers for them to be more productive in rice farming. The farmers were also taught on farm planning and budgeting.
Mr. Vicente Baragenio, a farmer participant, was thankful to the agencies who visited  and presented the Sikat-Saka program. He also was thankful on the knowledge he gained especially on rice cultivation. He hopes to avail of the loan program to support his production cost especially in his new endeavor which is hybrid rice production.
Although the Sikat-Saka program has good intentions to help her fellow farmers, Ms. Ana Marie Caber, an IA Officer, urged her co-farmers that they too should pay what they owe.
With the knowledge they gained from the 1-day K-sharing, farmers are expected to minimize operating losses and increase their farm productivity.
Fifty-three (53) farmers participated during the third batch of the 2017 Sikat-Saka briefing held on March 15, 2017 at Barangay Roxas II, Calbayog City, Samar. (With reports from Maria Helen P. Seco)