Members of Kusor Upland Farmers Association (an indigenous people group) in Bataraza, Palawan were delighted to use their new multi-purpose farm shed for the first time.
In a simple inauguration ceremony attended by the municipal agriculturist, local government officials and the Protect Wildlife project, the farmers’ association expressed their gratitude to USAID for funding the construction of the 72-square meter farm shed to complement their demo farm for planting and harvesting cassava, purple yam, vegetables and other high-value upland crops. This one-hectare demo farm was established through a conservation financing agreement with Lutheran World Relief leveraged by Protect Wildlife.
The farm shed will be used to store farm tools, seedlings, crops, fertilizers and other implements. It also doubles as a meeting and training venue for the farmers group. Right after the inauguration, the farm shed was immediately used for training members from Kusor and other farmers groups from nearby municipalities in propagating purple yam.
The farm shed and demo farm are part of Protect Wildlife’s approach in promoting improved agricultural practices of upland communities who are farming in the forestlands of southern Palawan and specifically within the vicinities of Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape. The project hopes that with this approach, communities will adopt sustainable and biodiversity-friendly farming practices that put less strain on forests, wildlife and other natural resources. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)