Protected Cultivation of High Value Vegetables
Climate Adaptation Effectiveness
The structure provides a controlled and consistent water input from the installed drip irrigation system while protecting the vegetables from heavy rainfall and strong winds during the wet season. During the dry season, it serves as protection from high temperatures outside.
- Tropical Cyclone
- Santa Rita, Samar, Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)
- Atok, Benguet, CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region)
- Buguias, Benguet, CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region)
- Action Delivery
Target Group based on Vulnerability
- Farmers and Landless Rural Workers
- Indigenous Peoples
- Persons with Disabilities
- Senior Citizens
- Youth and Students
Economic / Financial Effectiveness
The initial upfront cost of the protective structure is PhP 113,500/100m2 with a 2-year return on investment. The structure allowed vegetable production year round and increased vegetable yields, thereby increasing the income of the farmers. There is an expected 50% return and an additional annual profit of Php 58,450.
It is recommended to conduct workshops to orient farmers on the construction of the structures, installation of the irrigation system, and farm management. Bulk of the initial cost is allotted to the materials needed for the aluminum structure as well as for the irrigation system. The structure lasts about 10 years while the irrigation system is suggested to be replaced every 5 years.
In Sanda Rita, Samar, 5% of vegetable farmers currently adopt protected cultivation to maximize year long crop production. But in Atok and Buguias, Benguet, it is only used during very low temperature conditions.
Use of protective structures minimizes the use of pesticides because it limits pest infestation. This lowers the chemical input in the farm, improving the water and soil quality, and minimizing contribution to soil acidification.
This is documented in the MDGF PhilCCAP project - DA Component)
high value crops, climate resilient agriculture, drip irrigation, permanent structures; pest and nutrient manaqement; protected cultivation; vegetables