During the first quarter of 2020, three Livelihood Enhancement Support (LES) Subprojects have been inaugurated and turned over to beneficiary people’s organizations by the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project in Chico Upper River Basin.
In Conner, Apayao, the Guinaang Community Development Association (GUICOMDA) in Barangay Guinaang received a shade designed for housing organic fertilizer production. The facility, which has 72 square meters of floor space, is partitioned into sections for sorting and shredding biodegradable materials and packaging and storing organic fertilizer produced. This type of livelihood support is foreseen to reduce the community’s dependence on the use of synthetic fertilizers and to promote adoption of environment-friendly technologies in farming systems.
Still in Conner, Apayao, the Ili Seedling Growers and Farmers Association (ISGAFA) in Barangay Ili acquired a 60-square-meter nursery for production of fruit-bearing and non-bearing tree seedlings to meet increasing local demand and growing interests in these types of plant species.
Finally, in Balbalan, Kalinga, the KALIPI Ab-abaan Organization (KAO) received three units of thresher complete with housing facility. The farming community has been using traditional, labor-intensive method of threshing. The arrival of these machines is seen to boost agriculture production in the area. (INREMP/ Norell Osting and John Timothy Valenzuela)