3 farmers group in Dingras sell 50 tons of mungbean seed, PhP 3.4M in gross sale

Three farmers group of Dingras, Ilocos Norte successfully marketed their 50 tons mungbean seeds harvest amounting to PhP 3.4M to the Nutridense Foods Manufacturing Corporation. The market matching activity was held at Brgy. Barong and Lanas on 24 May 2022. 

Assisted by Mark Ariel Agresor, the project leader of the DA-BAR’s Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Rice-Rice-Mungbean Production established in Dingras town in 2019, members of the Casalaysayan Segundo Dancel Camiring Soriano Farmers Association Inc., United Barong Kalawaan, and Lanas Timpuyog Farmers Associations sold their mungbean seeds at PhP 68 per kilo, with additional 50 tons of seeds to be accommodated again by the Nutridense on 28 May 2022.  

Benefitting around 167 farmers from the previous 25 who have been the farmer-cooperators of the project, Sustaining Productivity and Profitability of Rice-based Farming Communities through the Promotion of Improved Production Technologies, the market matching activity was DA’s response to address farmer-cooperators’ need for a sustainable market of their produce. 

Virgilio Batoon, one of the farmer-cooperators of the research project, expressed his gratitude to the inception of the marketing component of the CPAR. For him, they did not only learn new technologies in mungbean production, they were also empowered to become better agripreneurs because of their enhanced capacity now to do business with big companies such as Nutridense. 

A Memorandum of Agreement signed between and among the farmers’ associations, the Nutridense, and the DA provided opportunity for the farmer-cooperators to have direct access to the market for their mungbean products upon the guidance of the DA through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division. 

Marcial Root, one of the farmer-cooperators, was also appreciative of the opportunity that the project has given to them as it has improved not only their productivity and income but also their capacity to accept and adopt the technologies that they learned; thus, further encouraging them to share these technologies to other farmers in the area. 

Agresor took note of the effectiveness of the strategies being adopted to further encourage farmers to adopt the technologies recommended by the DA. 

The DA-Ilocos Region research group conducted a Participatory Rural Appraisal prior to the start of the project to determine the opportunities for the farmers, including input and production technologies; and identify problems and how to address them. Agresor shared that marketing did a crucial role in encouraging farmers to support the project. 

Agresor further said that training and hands-on demo, likewise played a big role in sustaining the farmers’ support and adoption of the technologies that the DA has introduced. The active support from both the provincial and municipal local government unit, the DA-Bureau of Plant and Industry and the Regional Crop Protection Center, especially on seed production and pest management of mungbean also greatly contributed in these efforts. 

Noting some of the major changes in the production practices of the farmers in terms of applying the production technologies on seeding rate, fertilizer application, and integrated pest management, DA-Ilocos Region through its research group plans to upscale the project in such a way that expansion of the area is being considered not only for commercial production but also to strengthen the seed production and management system whereby other municipalities, like Vintar, shall be included as an expansion site. 

Other than mungbean, Agresor is likewise looking at the possibility of venturing into kamote and peanut production, following the same concept that they implemented in the production of mungbean, to expand the benefit of the research that ultimately hopes to improve the productivity of farmers through research and development. (### RAFIS Ilocos)