The Protect Wildlife project organized a weeklong training on agroforestry and farm planning for 22 indigenous farmers who are living near a riverbank inside the Tigaplan watershed in Barangay Mainit in Brooke’s Point, Palawan.
The training taught the participants cultural practices for upland farming, such as intercropping and optimizing crop yield. There were demonstrations on proper grafting, budding and marcotting. The participants also visited a model farm to learn about the environmental and health benefits of organic farming. On the last day of training, each farmer received a set of farming tools, seeds and fertilizer as parting gifts.
The activity sought to teach the indigenous Palawan community of Mainit about the advantages of combined agriculture and forestry techniques to help enrich and manage their land and improve tree cover inside Tigaplan watershed, while also protecting biodiversity and reducing upland erosion. After the training, the participants were expected to create a farm plan, which they could submit to the local government of Brooke’s Point as a requirement to access funds under a payment-for-ecosystem-services scheme promoted by Protect Wildlife. (Protect Wildlife)