We look into how the technologies will work at the fields, not in our research stations.
Thus underscored by regional director Lealyn A. Ramos of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) before a crowd of media practitioners, in the recently held 3rd Region 10 Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Congress, Product Exhibits and Awarding Ceremony.
With its theme Enhanced Farm Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: CPAR models the vehicle to Success, around 250 farmer-delegates from 16 project sites throughout Northern Mindanao convened in the said event with the aim of highlighting the commendable practices of farmer-managed CPAR organizations.
Initially started as adopters in the basket of on-farm research technologies primarily introduced by the DA’s research stations, the CPAR farmer-groups are actively applying different farm production technologies on rice, corn, vegetable, coconut and potato-based farming systems.
Ramos said she is elated that the CPAR farming communities in the region have not only banked on the agency’s initiatives on merely helping them increase their farm yields, but they have likewise embarked into value-adding commodities to fully maximize their farming ventures.
During the two-day affair, a wide array of products were showcased, including food crunches, yoghurt, ice cream, chips, milk, soap, wine, cereal drink, tea and other products made with rice, corn, sweet potato, white potato, soybean, carrots, adlay, cucumber, among other crops.
Corroborating the agency head’s statement is Juanita B. Salvani, chief of the research division of the DA-RFO 10.
“Gi-encourage namo sila nga kung unsa ang produkto nga ilang gitanum, mao to ilaang himoon nga value-added products. (We encourage farmers to make value-added products out of their produce). However, we do not limit them to develop additional products,” Salvani said.
Ramos also stressed that the agency through its research stations is responsible for espousing various matured technologies, and are in no way, being enforced to CPAR farming-communities for acceptance and ultimately, adoption.
“Wala kami nag-impose kung unsa’y ilang (farming communities) buhaton (We do not impose this to the farming communities). We have technical staff that goes to different farming communities, and with the participation and cooperation of farmers, we look together at the challenges and identify research that would best be implemented at the grassroots to serve as their investment,” the regional director further clarified.
With the intervention of the CPAR project, many farming communities have reached milestones, including the increased number of membership and technology adopters in their respective localities; improved organizational management; wider access in the availment of agri-related assistance from the DA and different local government units (LGUs), among others.
Accordingly, the outstanding CPAR farmer-organizations were also conferred with honours for continuously embodying the ideals of the said project along with the laudable provincial and municipal LGUs and agricultural extension workers, who have supported in the implementation of the DA’s generated results in research. (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10/PIA 10)