Testimonies from Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte

Rosay Buta Cubilom from Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte of the Caraga Region is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the project “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Program in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte,” which increased the yield of rice, corn, and watermelon in the three barangays of Villafranca, Villaflor, and San Isidro— resulting to their improved production and income.

As mentioned by Cubilom, a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was conducted to assess the needs and challenges of the farmers in the community. Through CPAR intervention, farmer cooperators learned about organic farming, corn-watermelon cropping system, and used the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) decision support tool, among others, which contributed to the improvement of their harvest.

“Dahil sa CPAR, ipinakilala sa amin ang organic farming para bumaba ang gastos sa pagbili ng inputs. Tinuruan din kami ng rice crop manager para sa tamang pag-apply ng pataba at corn-watermelon cropping system para sa magandang ani. Ang net income po ng Brgy. Villaflor sa pagtatanim ng watermelon at mais ay tumaas ng 49%, samantalang ang palay ng Brgy. San Isidro ay umabot ng 3.9 tons per hectare,” 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.