Testimonies from Benito Soliven, Isabela

Faced with problems on low farm productivity, lack of capital, water scarcity, among others– Santos Camonayan, a rice farmer, adopted resource-use efficient technology and yield boosting interventions introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Water Management of Rice-based Cropping System in Lucban Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) in Brgy. Lucban, Benito Soliven, Isabela.”

Along with other farmer cooperators, Camonayan also learned and practiced three (3) technology interventions under the SWIP-based model farm; these are: improved cropping pattern, hybrid rice production technology interventions, and water management. Such interventions resulted to an increase in rice yield from 2.5 ton to 5.0 tons per hectare; hence improving productivity and increasing income of rice farmer cooperators in Isabela.

“Ang naaani lang namin noon ay 3,530 kg/ha kumpara noong nagkaroon ng CPAR intervention na 6,263 kg/ha na ang naaani namin. Halos doble po ang angkat. Bumaba rin po ang aming cost of production at tumaas ang net income– sa farmers’ practice po ay P14,070 lang kumpara sa CPAR intervention na P68,816,” he 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.