Testimonies from Davao Region

Alberto Ponce is among the cattle raisers from Davao region who adopted the technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Dairy Cow Feeds Processing," such as using feed mill and starter feeds for farm animals, which enabled farmer cooperators to save up to 48% by producing 100 kilos of lactating mass worth Php 1,256.

Being the treasurer of the Takunang Daily Farmers Cooperative (TADAFCO) in Davao City, Ponce said that through CPAR, the income of their cooperative from milk production gradually increased— elevating their socio-economic status and improving their livelihood.

“Under sa CPAR, gumastos na lang po kami ng Php 1,256 to produce 100 kilos of lactating mass imbis na Php 2,600. Bale 48% po ang nasave ng isang cooperator. Nagpatayo na rin po kami ng kubo na worth Php 35,000 at nakapagsimula na ng goat raising business. Dahil sa paglago ng aming samahan, nagbibigay po kami sa mga paaralan ng aming komunidad ng 20-30 liters ng gatas kada buwan,” 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.