Farming is the main livelihood of the residents in Barangay Sto, Cristo, Sariaya, Quezon Province, especially since their area is surrounded by greeneries and are rich in resources. Many of the residents, however, also looked to other sources of income for the past few years such as factory work or construction work in order to make ends meet. Because of the pandemic, they have lost these other sources of income. And their earnings from farming with the current capacity is unfortunately not enough to support their household.
The 100 farmers in this community currently share their equipments with one another, such as two (2) agricultural sprayers. They do not have the resources to purchase new equipment. This limits their ability to grow more produce at a quicker pace and be able to compensate for the income they have lost because of the pandemic.
The land that they are utilizing are currently invaded by pests, which affects their harvest, especially since they plant mainly vegetables to sell in the market. This project aims to raise funds in order to provide ten (10) agricultural sprayers that cost PHP 4,130 each. On top of that, local leaders and BWI volunteers will be conducting Values Formation sessions where the farmers will be organized and empowered to become better members/leaders of the community.
Through this project, the farmers will be divided into 10 groups with 10 members sharing one (1) sprayer. This will enable them to do their farming work more efficiently to produce more vegetables and provide a better life for their families.
Ten agricultural sprayers were distributed to twenty farmers last March 29, 2022. A group coordinator is assigned in order to monitor the maintenance of the sprayers and ensure that two farmers are able to share one sprayer equally through a “buddy” system.
The farmers from Barangay Sto. Cristo are deeply grateful to the donors and stakeholders who have helped them fulfill their need for sprayers. Prior to this, they spent so much time looking for these materials that they are not able to focus on their harvest. Moving forward, they will no longer have to worry about borrowing a sprayer whenever they need it. By finally having their own set, they expect to see improvement in their daily farming operations and are looking forward to an abundance of produce in the future.
Those who work in the agricultural sector are among the poorest people in our country, despite living in a country rich in natural resources. We could continue making a difference in the lives of our farmers by providing them with support and assistance in both the farming process and trade.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, we would also like to thank DELTEK Philippines and other stakeholders for helping us combat poverty by showing our dear farmers in Barangay Sto. Cristo that no one will be left behind.