Testimonies from Ilocos Region

Marilyn Martin, a farmer cooperator on rice and livestock from the Ilocos region, adopted a farming systems approach and the corresponding commodity production technologies introduced through the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated Rice - Mungbean + Cattle Fattening in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.”

Through the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU) on the CPAR program, Martin, 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. Martin was also one of those who benefitted from the refresher course on farm record-keeping to closely monitor their farming activities and assess the effect of the adopted technologies. The provision of periodic trainings improved the production and income of farmers, as well as, instilled in them a sense of responsibility through the incorporation of values reorientation.

“Lahat po ng ginagawa ng CPAR ay sinusuportahan ng LGU. This is through the provision po of periodic trainings to improve the production of our farmer cooperators. The LGU’s support embodied the battlecry of the DA especially of the secretary which is “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita,” 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.