Testimonies from Albay

Leslie Bongalos of Brgy. Agos in Albay is one of those who attended mushroom production trainings and utilized the vegetable seeds, fertilizers, and fruit-bearing trees introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Upland Farming Communities in the Provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur (Promotion of Capability Advancement and Resource Empowerment or CARE).” This resulted in an increase in their production through various farming technologies in the Bicol region.

Being a member of the Agos Farmers Association, Bongalos said that through CPAR, technology demonstrations were conducted about upland and rainfed varieties, which were used as a basis of the region’s farmers as to what needs to be planted especially on rainfed areas; hence, improving their income and harvest from 3.4 tons per hectare way back in 2011 to 4.4 tons per hectare in 2015.

“Pagdating ng CPAR, nagkaroon kami ng 16 techno-demo farms ng upland and rainfed varieties. Noong 2011 ay 3.4 tons lang po ang naaani namin pero ngayon ay umabot na ng 4.4 tons per hectare. Binigyan din kami ng fertilizer, vegetable seeds, at fruit-bearing trees na mapagkakakitaan kung walang ulan. Nagpa-training din po sila ng mushroom production at nagkaroon din ng pig dispersal na may kasamang feeds,” 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.