Testimonies from Ilocos Region

Sherlie Suniga, a farmer cooperator on rice and livestock from the Ilocos region, adopted various agriculture-based farm technologies and knowledge introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated Rice - Mungbean + Cattle Fattening in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.”

Through the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) conducted under the project, Suniga, along with other farmer cooperators on rice and livestock of Brgy. Lagui-Sail and Salet-Bulangon, learned which technologies and interventions are appropriate to their location and needs. These include the use of molasses and sugarcane as feeds for cattles. Suniga also learned three things to further strengthen and sustain their CPAR practice: importance of people’s meaningful participation, innovativeness in the face of various environmental concerns, and budgeting.

“Yung coop namin ang napili ng LGU at DA na pagtuunan ng CPAR. Dahil dito, nabigyan po kami ng financial support, libreng farm inputs, at karagdagang kaalaman. Naturuan rin po ‘yung farmers namin na mag-mix ng feeds ng baka. Ngayon, alam na nila ‘yung mixture kung gusto po nilang patabain ‘yung mga baka nila,” 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.