Leslie Bongalos of Brgy. Agos in Albay is one of those who attended mushroom production trainings and utilized the vegetable seeds, fertilizers, and fruit-bearing trees introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Upland Farming Communities in the Provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur (Promotion of Capability Advancement and Resource Empowerment or CARE).” This resulted in an increase in their production through various farming technologies in the Bicol region.

Being a member of the Agos Farmers Association, Bongalos said that through CPAR, technology demonstrations were conducted about upland and rainfed varieties, which were used as a basis of the region’s farmers as to what needs to be planted especially on rainfed areas; hence, improving their income and harvest from 3.4 tons per hectare way back in 2011 to 4.4 tons per hectare in 2015.

“Pagdating ng CPAR, nagkaroon kami ng 16 techno-demo farms ng upland and rainfed varieties. Noong 2011 ay 3.4 tons lang po ang naaani namin pero ngayon ay umabot na ng 4.4 tons per hectare. Binigyan din kami ng fertilizer, vegetable seeds, at fruit-bearing trees na mapagkakakitaan kung walang ulan. Nagpa-training din po sila ng mushroom production at nagkaroon din ng pig dispersal na may kasamang feeds,” she said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Alberto Ponce is among the cattle raisers from Davao region who adopted the technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Dairy Cow Feeds Processing," such as using feed mill and starter feeds for farm animals, which enabled farmer cooperators to save up to 48% by producing 100 kilos of lactating mass worth Php 1,256.

Being the treasurer of the Takunang Daily Farmers Cooperative (TADAFCO) in Davao City, Ponce said that through CPAR, the income of their cooperative from milk production gradually increased— elevating their socio-economic status and improving their livelihood.

“Under sa CPAR, gumastos na lang po kami ng Php 1,256 to produce 100 kilos of lactating mass imbis na Php 2,600. Bale 48% po ang nasave ng isang cooperator. Nagpatayo na rin po kami ng kubo na worth Php 35,000 at nakapagsimula na ng goat raising business. Dahil sa paglago ng aming samahan, nagbibigay po kami sa mga paaralan ng aming komunidad ng 20-30 liters ng gatas kada buwan,” he said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Electrical Engr. Orlando and Alma Morales, are among the cattle raisers from the barangay of Tacunan in Tugbok District who adopted technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Dairy Cow Feeds Processing” in Davao City.

Conceptualized through the Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (SMIARC) of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) Davao, the CPAR project gave solutions as regards to low-cost dairy cow feeds formulation— leading the family to reduce their costs and increase their income.

Since raising cattles had always been a family activity in the Morales compound, they had been producing around 700 to 800 liters of milk per month compared with the average milk production of 90 liters.

“With CPAR, I was able to venture on the cattle raising industry. Almost 700-800 liters of milk were produced by my farm every month with more than ten people working with me. This will not only address the economic needs of my family, but more importantly, the people who depend on the dairy industry,” Orlando said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Jacinto “Tata Jake” Sarco, is among the cattle raisers from the barangay of Tacunan in Tugbok District who received technology assistance thru the use of dairy cow feeds for his cattles under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Dairy Cow Feeds Processing” in Davao City. This resulted in an increase on his monthly income ranging from Php 8,000 to Php 10,000.

Conceptualized through the Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (SMIARC) of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) Davao, the CPAR project on dairy cow feeds formulation improved the farmers’ state by providing them with feeds at a lower cost— increasing their income that is indirectly proportional with their cost.

“Alam niyo naman na magastos magpalaki ng baka. Halos lahat ng investment mo eh sa pagkain lang napupunta. Napakalaking tulong ng CPAR sa aming barangay sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng feeds na mabibili sa mas mababang halaga,” he said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Albert Geral, a farmer cooperator on rainfed rice from the Western Visayas region, adopted rice-based farming systems technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Rice-based Farming System for Rainfed Areas Towards Farmers’ Productivity Enhancement in San Lorenzo, Guimaras," which increased the farm productivity and income of farmers.

Along with other farmer cooperators, Geral learned which technologies and interventions are appropriate to their needs and location through the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)— an approach which was practiced in the barangays of Cabano and Igcawayan in San Lorenzo, Guimaras as a way to identify problems such as insufficient water supply, low production, lack of farming capital inputs, and pests and diseases infestation. With PRA as part of the research process, the farmer cooperators were able to analyze present community situations; hence, recommending use of technology interventions such as water saving or harvesting thru the small water impounding.

“Pinaalam sa amin ng CPAR ang mga bagong teknolohiya sa pagsasaka at binigyan din kami ng mga bagong binhi at pataba. At dahil rainfed kami, nagpapasalamat po kami sa CPAR dahil sa binigay nilang small water impounding. Dahil diyan, tumaas po ang kita namin at nakabili na kami ng lupa para pagtayuan ng center house ng aming association,” he said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

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