IDLE MOUNTAINOUS AREA INTO A PRODUCTIVE FARM
WITH HOPE and determination, a 47year-old farmer was able to convert an idle mountainous area of a sitio of Batalyon in Barangay Kiling, Alfonso Lista in the province of Ifugao into a very productive agricultural land. It’s easy to see why others would likely reject the site where Roberto Lopez Jr. developed his farm; it is very remote and one has to travel about seven kilometers of uncharted land just to reach it.
From the town of Roxas in Isabela, Lopez and this writer started to travel via a barangay road using his old but reliable pickup truck.
At first it was a smooth journey, traversing some two kilometers of concreted barangay road.
But apprehension began to set in as the vehicle started to ascend the mountainous area through a rough trail which Lopez said was carved out from the mountainside. One false move, and the pickup truck would plunge into a deep ravine as the one-way trail was just wide enough for a small vehicle to pass.
Along the way, one is likely to wonder why Lopez chose to develop a very remote site into an agricultural site, when the surrounding areas remain unproductive and only wild grass abounds in the mountains.
Upon reaching Lopez’s farm, which spans over three hectares, one is sure to forget all apprehensions and the hardships of travelling along a rough mountain trail as it is like seeing an oasis in the middle of the desert. It is an
Originally a bare mountauin, this is what the farm of Roberto Lopez Jr. now looks like – full of vegetation.