Marilyn Martin, a farmer cooperator on rice and livestock from the Ilocos region, adopted a farming systems approach and the corresponding commodity production technologies introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated Rice - Mungbean + Cattle Fattening in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.”

Through the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU) on the CPAR program, Martin, along with other farmer cooperators on rice and livestock of Brgy. Lagui-Sail and Salet-Bulangon, learned which technologies and interventions are appropriate to their location and needs. Martin was also one of those who benefitted from the refresher course on farm record-keeping to closely monitor their farming activities and assess the effect of the adopted technologies. The provision of periodic trainings improved the production and income of farmers, as well as, instilled in them a sense of responsibility through the incorporation of values reorientation.

“Lahat po ng ginagawa ng CPAR ay sinusuportahan ng LGU. This is through the provision po of periodic trainings to improve the production of our farmer cooperators. The LGU’s support embodied the battlecry of the DA especially of the secretary which is “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita,” 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.

Sherlie Suniga, a farmer cooperator on rice and livestock from the Ilocos region, adopted various agriculture-based farm technologies and knowledge introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated Rice - Mungbean + Cattle Fattening in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.”

Through the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) conducted under the project, Suniga, along with other farmer cooperators on rice and livestock of Brgy. Lagui-Sail and Salet-Bulangon, learned which technologies and interventions are appropriate to their location and needs. These include the use of molasses and sugarcane as feeds for cattles. Suniga also learned three things to further strengthen and sustain their CPAR practice: importance of people’s meaningful participation, innovativeness in the face of various environmental concerns, and budgeting.

“Yung coop namin ang napili ng LGU at DA na pagtuunan ng CPAR. Dahil dito, nabigyan po kami ng financial support, libreng farm inputs, at karagdagang kaalaman. Naturuan rin po ‘yung farmers namin na mag-mix ng feeds ng baka. Ngayon, alam na nila ‘yung mixture kung gusto po nilang patabain ‘yung mga baka nila,” 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.

Faced with the lack of capital, limited livelihood projects, insufficient know-how on marketing of produce– Dante Alcazar, a farmer cooperator on vegetables and dairy from the CALABARZON region, adopted various agriculture-based enterprise programs introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Dairy Buffalo and Vegetable Farming in Dolores, Quezon.”

Along with other farmer cooperators on vegetables and dairy of Barangay Antonino and San Mateo, Alcazar attended seminars and trainings on raising dairy buffalo and dairy buffalo milk production using upgraded buffaloes, among others. With the introduction of dairy processing technologies of milk and milk-by-products, farmers now have another source of income aside from planting vegetables; hence increasing their income by 10%.

“Dati po noong wala pa pong CPAR ay inuutang ko ‘yung aking mga ginagamit sa pagtatanim. Dahil doon, lahat ng kita ko ay napupunta lang sa bayad sa utang. Pero noong dumating po ang CPAR, binigyan po kami ng power spray, binhi, at tsaka ‘yung mga kailangan pa po naming mga gamit. Nakakapagtanim na rin kami ng dalawang beses sa isang taon imbis na isa lang,” 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.

Faced with problems on low farm productivity, lack of capital, water scarcity, among others– Santos Camonayan, a rice farmer, adopted resource-use efficient technology and yield boosting interventions introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Water Management of Rice-based Cropping System in Lucban Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) in Brgy. Lucban, Benito Soliven, Isabela.”

Along with other farmer cooperators, Camonayan also learned and practiced three (3) technology interventions under the SWIP-based model farm; these are: improved cropping pattern, hybrid rice production technology interventions, and water management. Such interventions resulted to an increase in rice yield from 2.5 ton to 5.0 tons per hectare; hence improving productivity and increasing income of rice farmer cooperators in Isabela.

“Ang naaani lang namin noon ay 3,530 kg/ha kumpara noong nagkaroon ng CPAR intervention na 6,263 kg/ha na ang naaani namin. Halos doble po ang angkat. Bumaba rin po ang aming cost of production at tumaas ang net income– sa farmers’ practice po ay P14,070 lang kumpara sa CPAR intervention na P68,816,” 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.

Nena Pabingwit is one of the corn farmer cooperators in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental who adopted corn-based farming systems technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Corn-based Farming Systems in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.”

Along with other farmer cooperators, Pabingwit learned which interventions and technologies are appropriate to their needs and location through the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)– an approach which enabled them to take the lead role in appraising their own conditions and identifying solutions that could improve their situations. With PRA as part of the research process, the farming communities were able to analyze, plan, and act on the problems they have identified.

“We acquired farm equipment and facilities and gained strong support from LGU leaders. Nag-increase rin ang aming seed money from Php 250,000 to Php 574,000. At kung dati 20 lang kaming farmers, ngayon 127 na,” 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.

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