By Ernesto Miguel and Jovita Saguibo
(Edited by Marciano Paroy Jr.)
This study was conducted to assess Patch cultivation practices in Barangay Magao-gao, Pinukpuk Kalinga. The study was conducted from November 2005-July 2006.
Investigation showed that culture and tradition and socio economics indicators are strong factors. However further investigation and review conducted by the researchers indicated that other than the stated factors, population growth that has caused migration and poverty had caused the farmers to practice patch cultivation.
The introduction of a simple but effective technology in Barangay Magao led the farmers into a solution that made their patch farms become permanent agricultural production sites.
Patch cultivation, common term for “shifting cultivation,” is a deforestation technique used to clear large areas of forest for agriculture and other purposes.
(this is a poster on the research on Patch Farming, designed by Marciano Paroy Jr.)