Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Farmer livestock school brings livelihood to farmers in Bukidnon

Increasing the knowledge and developing the skills of farmers can enhance the livelihood opportunities in an area.

This was the case of farmers in Barangay New Sankanan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. A typical farmer in this barangay used to earn a meager P20,000 a year from about a hectare of corn and vegetable farm.

Things changed when in 2000, planting forages, which was seen as an innovation, was introduced in the area.

Devoting 0.5–1.2 hectares, the farmers pursued forage gardening until 2005. The result was a sustained feed supply, as farmers no longer depended entirely on naturally growing vegetation.

Because of the success of the introduced project, the National Dairy Authority provided dairy animals to the farmers.

The local government unit of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon,followed suit, providing the support system and dispersing goats to the farmers

The successful adoption of the forage technology thus became the springboard to expand enterprises in the area.

In 2004 and 2005, through the leadership of PCARRD and its R&D partners, along with the support of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Asian Development Bank, major capacity-building activities for the Livestock and Livelihood Systems Project (LLSP) were conducted.

Through a livestock field school, farmers were trained on enterprise development.

More than 30 farmers benefited from these interventions and to date, some recipients of dairy animals have been producing 150 to 190 liters of milk per month. A liter of milk is sold at P15. As such, farmers could earn an incremental income of P2,250–2,850 a month

Moreover, the number of goats has increased per household, and will likely increase even more in the months to come.

Hence, because the LLSP enhanced the farmers’ knowledge and skills, their livelihood opportunities were expanded and the network support was extended. All these efforts were guided by the principles of participatory development. (Anna Marie P. Alo and Ed Magboo, S&T Media Service)

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AGRI-INFO/AUGUST 23, 2006


TITLE: INCREASE FARMERS KNOWLEDGE BRINGS LIVELIHOOD


ALAM BA NINYO NA ANG PAGPAPALAWAK SA KAALAMAN NG MGA MAGSASAKA AY NAKATUTULONG NG MALAKI SA KANILANG HANAY PARA MAGKAROON PA NG KARAGDAGANG OPORTUNIDAD SA KANILANG KABUHAYAN?
KAILANGAN LAMANG DITO ANG IBAYONG TULONG NA MAAARING MAIBIGAY SA MGA MAGSASAKA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG MGA PROGRAMANG PANGKABUHAYAN NG PAMAHALAAN.

KABILANG SA MGA HAKBANG NA GINAGAWA PARA MAKATULONG SA MGA MAGSASAKA AY ANG PAGSASAILALIM SA KANILA SA MASUSING PAGSASANAY PARA SA KANILANG KABUHAYAN.

KABILANG SA MGA AHENSIYANG AKTIBO SA GANITONG HAKBANGIN AY ANG NATIONAL DAIRY AUTHORITY PARA SA PAGHAHAYUPAN, MAGING ANG PCARRD O PHILIPPINE COUNCIL FOR AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

NABATID NA KAILANGAN LAMANG NA IPABATID SA MGA MAGSASAKA NA MAPAGIBAYO PA ANG KANILANG MGA PAGSISIKAP HINDI LAMANG SA PAGTUTOK SA KANILANG MGA TANIMAN KUNDI MAGING SA POSIBILIDAD NA SILA AY MAGHAHAYUPAN AT PANGISDAAN.

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