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Pongayan, Kapangan- As reported by Mr. Winston Palaez, Municipal Planning and Development Officer during the visit of the first IFAD-NEDA Supervision and Implementation Support Mission 2018, 35.08% of the barangay’s household is below the poverty threshold (CBMS Survey, 2014). With the various interventions of the Project in the barangay, the municipality is hopeful that the poverty incidence will be further reduced.
Of the 191 total numbers of households in barangay Pongayan, 90 households directly benefited from the agribusiness and agroforestry component of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management (CHARM2) Scale-Up Project.
The barangay also has 5 rural infrastructure subprojects. Three farm-to-market roads and two footpaths will be implemented this year and is expected to be finished before year-end. A multipurpose warehouse was also programmed to be implemented in the following year.
Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the community. The barangay profile shows that 91.10% of the total household is engaged in farming. The infrastructure subprojects aims to aid in the transportation of agricultural inputs and outputs to and from the community.
In all, around 27 million worth of assistance is granted to Pongayan folks in support to their livelihood, agroforestry and watershed conservation activities and rural infrastructure development.
Members of the Pongayan Credit Cooperative (PCC) whose livelihood activities are buy and sell of agricultural inputs for vegetable, root crop production and hog fattening has a total membership of 50 (48 female and 2 male) representing 50 households from the community.
"We have plans of making the association a cooperative" said the members of the PCC. Accordingly, the members will be encouraging more community members to join the association so they can also benefit from the Project once the business had stabilized.
The Domanay Indigenous Agroforestry Farmers Organization (DIAFA) whose prime commodity is rambutan has 40 (17 female and 23 male) members also representing 40 households.
Mr. Palaez reported during the municipal and barangay profile presentation that barangay Pongayan has 8 sitios and Project beneficiaries are distributed in the community. For the agroforestry subproject, 7 came from sitio Sagapa, Libo (3), Padang (9), Baguengey (4), Upper Pongayan (6), Lower Pongayan (7), Proper (3) and Bua (1).
During the activity, members of the DIAFA said that they have voluntarily joined the Project, specifically the agroforestry group because they want to protect their lands and their interest in rambutan production. //mjmaguide
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The Nature Lovers Organization, an agroforestry People’s Organization (PO) in barangay Anao, Hingyon, Ifugao received the complete delivery of their required grafted rambutan seedlings on July 24, 2018 for their agroforestry project under the Scaling Up of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2 Scale Up). The activity was also in time with the joint 1st International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Supervision Implementation Support (SIS) Mission this year for the CHARMP2 Scale Up.
Based from report, a total of 2,625 seedlings (includes 5% for mortality) were delivered in the community to benefit a total of 39 beneficiaries. These will be planted in the 14 total hectares of land which were committed by the agroforestry PO specifically for the agroforestry project.
During the consultation of the IFAD-NEDA Mission Team with the community, PO member Mr. Ben Balinon siad that they have chosen rambutan as their commodity for the agroforestry project because they saw in one of their visits specifically in Lagawe, Ifugao that there are many rambutan being marketed at a good price. He added that although the price is a little bit high, the rambutan is delicious and the children loves the fruit very much.
Brgy. Captain Anthony Dominong also added that rambutan is not a native fruit in their community but he is glad that it will be introduced through the CHARMP2 Scale Up’s agroforestry project. He hopes that the commodity will succeed because, accordingly, there were a few rambutans that were introduced in the community before that grew well in the place. Among the major commodities planted in the community are betel nut, palay (rice), and citrus.
Why not coffee?
Coffee is identified as among the prime commodities with great potential in the region. However, it is not the case in barangay Anao. Mr. Balinon said that coffee is actually growing abundantly in their barangay in the 1980s but then the market is not good so they cut the trees down. “Walang bumibili (No one is buying [coffee],” he said.
IFAD Mission Leader Mr. Jerry Pacturan encouraged the group to explore the possibilities of reviving coffee in the community because, accordingly, coffee has a great potential and that the demand is high both locally and internationally.
Given that rambutan takes around 4-5 years before bearing fruits, Mr. Pacturan also encouraged the PO members to think over good strategies in marketing the rambutan as early as now. This is to avoid possible over supply in their target markets which may affect the selling price in the future.
Mr. Pacturan added that it may be also good for the group to have learning visits with advanced municipalities regarding rambutan production to learn and be familiarized further with growing rambutan.
“Learn from them because it will take some time before your rambutan seedlings will grow and bear fruits,” he said.
After climatization of the delivered seedlings, these will be distributed among the PO members for planting in their individual plots. In case of deaths in their planted seedlings, it is in their policy to remove and replace it immediately.//JBAgrifino