22 upland communities in Iligan opt abaca farming, reforestration

abacafarming_limunsudanMore than 100 farmers in twenty two hinterland sitios or communities of barangay Rogongon, Iligan city are currently engaging themselves in abaca farming and in nurturing plantlets of endangered forest trees to shade abaca plants.

These sitios are Sumagaysay, Katipunan, Sta. Cruz, Hanginan, Lagkong, Libandayan, Gabunan, Malagsum, Malandog, Sinicabog, Kabangahan, Gusa, Guimbalolan, Bayanihan, Poblacion, Bulaho, Recudo, Scaling, Tawagon, Minsaliding, Binasan and Limunsudan.

These farmers underwent orientation and training to harness their knowledge on farm planning; construction of abaca and hardwood nurseries; bagging of seedlings, soil and nursery/crop management; production of abaca plantlets and enhancing agro-forestry practice.

Knowledge on appropriate techniques in nurturing abaca and hardwood seedlings were transferred to these farmers, including the appropriate ways on fertilization, inventory, and other common farm management practices.

Moreover, the constructed nurseries have provisions of organic granule and foliar fertilizers and access to water supply, like drums for rainwater collection and pipes to access spring water

The farm planning and geo-mapping were done with the help of technical field expert.

Ecoweb professed that the geo-tagging or mapping of more than 100 hectares of abaca farm lots for planting of 50,000 abaca seedlings with more than 100,000 falcatta trees were done around Mount Gabunan forest zone of barangay Rogongon. Protection of existing hardwood trees is also agreed upon with beneficiaries.

This farm development hopes to improve and rehabilitate the ecosystem in hinterland communities and to support community-based sustainable economic development for indigenous and non-indigenous farmers in Rogongon.

Technical supports are still continuously given to farmers as the farms progress.

The project is supported by CFLI / Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Canada)/Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and Global Ministries (The United Methodist Church). The project is also implemented in cooperation with the Philippine Fiber Authority and Iligan City Agriculture Office.

The project is implemented within July 2016 to February 2017 in partnership with local People’s Organizations such as the SHS Farmers and Entrepreneurs Association, RASEFA, Mapawa Farmesr Association, New Hope Farmers Association, Kagsabwa Farmers Assocaition, Tribal Force Baganu Association, Limunsudan Tribal Farmers Association, and KAHIB, Inc., among others.