Testimonies from Lobo, Batangas

Pablo de Castro is one of the farmer cooperators who adopted technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Sugar Apple + Vegetables + Legumes Farming System in Lobo, Batangas." This resulted in an increase in their monthly income making it possible for De Castro to save up for a tricycle.

Upon participating in the CPAR project in 2015— De Castro mentioned that through it, the farmer cooperators of Lobo were offered irrigation which improved the production of sugar apple in their community. Further, by adopting the pruning and vermicomposting practices of the said project, the municipality’s sugar apples tasted sweeter and better; hence, increasing the profit among the involved farmer cooperators of the CALABARZON region.

“Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon nagkaroon po kami ng magandang patubig dahil sa CPAR. Ang amin pong atis dati ay isang pagsasaka lang pero dahil sa patubig na napakaayos, sumasaka na kami ng dalawang ani. Sumarap at tumamis pa ang bunga ng atis dahil sa pag-aalaga naming gamit ang pruning. Mayroon na rin kaming vermicompost na sa kasalukuyan ay aming pinapakinabangan,” 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.