Seedlings are the most important input to sustain the momentum of Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) Natural Resources Management (NRM) subprojects. And, safeguarding them during the first two years after planting is very essential, if not a requirement to a more favorable and profitable NRM plantations. In actuality, much of the vegetation, crops, and young plants is usually destroyed by either community cattle or undesirable weeds.
Fences, therefore, help protect them from this wide range of threats. The provision of shades for the seedlings, on the other hand, reduces the amount of sunlight delicate vegetables and plants supposed to receive, thus decreasing the amount of water lost by these seedlings effecting to well-grown and matured plants eventually. Because generally, seedlings need protection from hot sun, heavy rains, and strong winds.
Among the partner People’s Organizations (POs) with Agroforestry and Conservation Farming (CF) subprojects, roughly 65% have been implementing these two good practices. While, the rest is continually oriented and educated of their effectiveness and efficiency. PO Ilaya Sustainable Farmers Association (ISFA) for example, both established tree guard and provided shades for their Rambutan and Cacao seedlings up to three (3) years. Indeed, they have seen great results. An average of 90% of the planted seedlings survived healthily. At first, the farmers were reluctant because it entailed additional cost and labor on their end. But, in due course, it has demonstrated pragmatic outcome. Collectively, the survival rate of these seedlings did not lower to 85%.
And, for those fruit trees specifically Rambutan, Durian, and Guyabano which were planted in 2017, farmers already reaped their harvests three years later. As PO KEFA Chairperson, Rosa Matin-ao exclaimed, “We are very happy because all our hard work and perseverance were paid off. We were already able to sell and earn a sum amount of money from the fruits of our labor.”
Climate change and land degradation are becoming real threats nowadays. And, conscious efforts are subsequently implemented to help combat these imminent risks. It is in this light that INREMP was conceived. The principle of the Project is addressing unsustainable environmental issues through the active involvement of its partner POs and the entire community as well.
Overgrazing and extreme heat that struck the province, if not the entire country these past years, were some of the contributing factors to environmental degradation especially in areas covering the W-IRB. Farmers of our partner POs struggled to maintain and sustain their respective NRM plantations in their healthy and productive state. Though, they are quite aware that farmer’s personal care links to positive growth rate of plants during its juvenile stage. In response, aside from the continuous trainings and knowledge sharing conducted by our INREMP office, the farmers’ own initiatives of building fences and providing shades for their seedlings enhanced the latter’s long-term survival and reproductive success.
Such success story deserves to be emulated. It just proves to say that our partner POs have showed their sense of ownership of these subprojects and desire to ensure the sustainability for their present and future generations. Through the POs’ Federation, a group of POs in a W-IRB watershed, they opt to share these good practices and engage other members of their community, so that when the project lifetime ends, there is still an element that will keep the project together. INREMP believes in the significance of community empowerment as a driving force in the development and success in the uptake of the Project.
POs belonging to Wahig-Inabanga River Basin (W-IRB) carried out their own resourcefulness to help sustain the Natural Resources Management (NRM) subprojects, particularly Agroforestry and Conservation Farming (CF) granted to them by INREMP. Farmers, even the small and marginal ones of our partner POs have recognized that the role of these NRM subprojects in sustainable development leads to the increase of farmers’ income, employment generation, and most importantly, environmental benefits (e.g., lessened effects of global warming, impeded depletion of natural resources, and habitat protection among others). Thus unquestionably, equate to improved standard of living.
ESTABLISHMENT of FENCE of PO STA. CRUZ PALAYAMANAN FARMER-PARTNERS ASSOCIATION (SCPFPA) in Sierra Bullones
PROVISION of PARTIAL SHADE of PO STA. CRUZ PALAYAMANAN FARMER-PARTNERS ASSOCIATION (SCPFPA) in Sierra Bullones, Bohol
ESTABLISHMENT of FENCE of PO ILAYA SUSTAINABLE FARMERS ASSOCIATION (ISFA) in Inabanga, Bohol
PROVISION of PARTIAL SHADE of PO ILAYA SUSTAINABLE FARMERS ASSOCIATION (ISFA) in Inabanga, Bohol