|Title:||Ilocos Farmers Empowerment through Garlic Technology Commercialization|
The four-year project from 2008-2012 of DA-ILIARC funded by the DA-BAR developed a commercialized package of garlic production and processing technologies for the Ilocos to technologically, socially, and politically empower garlic farmers’ association in Ilocos Norte. It increased farm productivity through application of an enhanced garlic production technologies and use of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for garlic. It developed a profitable and marketable garlic processed by-products while establishing marketing linkages for garlic and its by-products; ultimately developed the capability of farmers as agri- entrepreneurs for garlic and its by-products.
Following the National Technology Commercialization Framework of DA-BAR, the development of an appropriate technology for garlic with the farmers and LGUs, development of value-adding technologies, developing the capabilities of farmers’ organization, providing the infrastructure and linkages for commercialization has nurtured the seed of empowerment for farmers to germinate and grow but at a steady pace. This strategy of development can become a potent force to radiate and be used by other agri-stakeholders not just for garlic but for other high value commercial crops. It took a positive culture of participation, commitment, patience, risk taking, and mutual trust of the participants to this project on garlic technology commercialization to have reached this level of performance.