The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) continues its collaboration with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) for a research on the socio-economic profile of the farmers in Northern Mindanao.

Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla along with Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief Cora A. Dumayaca met with Professor Edgar Allan C. Po, PhD of the USTP on July 21, 2020 to critique on the draft of the study entitled ‘Socio-Economic Profiling of Farmers in Northern Mindanao’.

A total of 35,000 respondents from the 175 municipalities and cities of region 10 were surveyed during the study.

Data on their crop/animal being produced, socio-economic profile, cropping practices, farm power preferences, market support and extension services, including the challenges to productivity were gathered.

RTD Bajarla said the collaborative research project will significantly impact the policy directions of the agency, with DA as the funding agency and USTP, as its implementing agency.

“This analysis will be used as a reference tool to help management in deciding priority programs, projects and interventions to stakeholders,” she detailed. # (AMBManto)