Testimonies from Romblon

Mery An Factor from Brgy. Agpudlos, Romblon in MIMAROPA Region is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the project “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Cassava-Based Farming system in Odiongan, Romblon,” which helped the municipality’s farmers to have access on high yielding varieties of cassava, production and postproduction equipment, and other cash crops as intercrops, thus improving their productivity and income.

As mentioned by Factor, the CPAR project specifically assisted the farmer cooperators on various mechanization related technologies such as cassava grater and cassava chipper. Furthermore, the intercropping of legumes like mungbean and peanut also contributed to their improved earnings.

“Itinuturing po naming napakalaking tulong ang CPAR sa aming barangay. Nakapagtanim po kami ng glutinous corn at cassava, at nakapag-intercrop din po ng legumes gaya ng munggo at mani. Ngayon nakakapagbenta na po kami ng green corn na nakadagdag po sa aming kita at natuto na rin po kaming gumamit ng mga high yielding varieties ng cassava. Accredited at umaangat na po ‘yung aming organization dahil po sa CPAR,” 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.