Testimonies from Ilocos Sur

A member of the Namnama Farmers’ Association of Brgy. Calautit in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur— Robert Tubon is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the project “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Integrated Rice - Corn - Corn / Mungbean + Cattle Fattening Farming System in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur” that provided the farmers with water pumps for irrigation and other associated technologies, thereby improving the yield of rice and corn in the community.

Other interventions introduced by the project include technology packages on rice and corn production such as integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, crop residue utilization, goat raising, as well as trainings on the production of organic feeds and fertilizers which facilitated for the farmer cooperators to become producers and suppliers of vermicast and vermiworm in the province.

All of these were initiated thru CPAR, one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through mature and relevant technologies. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level to scale out for widespread adoption.