Testimonies from Calinan District, Davao City

Fermin Anog, a farmer cooperator on cacao in Calinan District, Davao City, was among the few who were introduced to technologies on pest and disease management and strategies to improve farmers’ cooperation and organizational capability– which all resulted to an increase in income in the community.

As one of the 30 farmers who graduated from a series of trainings and seminars of the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Improvement of Cacao Production in Brgy. Sirib and Brgy. Subasta, Calinan District, Davao City,” Anog learned about enhanced technologies– specifically, the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) that include nutrient, and integrated pest and disease management on cacao production.

“Noong pagtanim ko ng cacao, wala akong knowledge paano. Basta tumubo lang. Pero noong 2016, tumibay ang aking kaalaman noong i-launch ang CPAR sa aming barangay kasi may training na kaming pormal sa pest disease control, pag-control ng dahon, postharvest, at recording. At dahil sa CPAR, may Sirib Farmers Association (SFA) na kami,” he said.