“We now have a farm where we both learn and earn.”
This is what Rhodora Anos, a vegetable farmer and community leader, excitedly shared after opening their demonstration farms to visitors.
Over 150 farmers from six communities in the town of Lemery, Iloilo, Philippines collaboratively set up vegetable season-long technology demonstration farms to apply good agricultural practices and innovative farming techniques to increase yield.
CARE, in partnership with Taytay sa Kauswagan (TSKI), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Municipal Government of Lemery, continuously supports farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan build resilience and adapt to climate change through the application of good agricultural practices and eco-friendly farming technologies. There are five demo farms in Lemery that engage more farmers in boosting the town’s vegetable industry and provide more livelihood opportunities for both women and men.
Through this initiative, vegetable farmers get to have a practical and hands-on learning on integrated crop management and organic farming, and replicate on their own vegetable farms or gardens. The demo farms provide them new skills in seedling culture, land preparation, soil management, pruning, crop protection, harvesting, etc.
The farmers’ associations are also assisted by CARE and TSKI in preparing their plan for production and marketing to ensure sustainability.
“The main goals of the demo farms are to provide new skills and knowledge to more farmers in Lemery and increase their production and sales. This will be a big help to farmers who primarily generate income from vegetable farming,” said Tess Bayombong, Project Team Leader of Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance (THRA).
“These demo farms have also opened opportunities for women in rural communities like me to have a source of income and at the same time learn new practical skills,” shared Anos.
CARE’s THRA project in Iloilo is financially supported by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada. It supports the town’s vegetable value chain through the provision of financial assistance and technical training from agricultural inputs to production to trading.