Cordillera Agriculture Situationer
The Northern Luzon Cordillera is
the largest mass of mountains in the Philippine archipelago.
The Cordillera Administrative Region,
comprised of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga,
and the Mountain Province, have an aggregate land area of more
than 1.8 million hectares. Terrain, however, limits the availability
of arable land in the area.
The Cordillera is the most rugged
group of mountain ranges in the Philippines. Elevations here vary
from 10 meters at the bottom of river valleys to 2,900 meters
on the mountaintops. The mountain ranges are heavily ridged. Their
river valleys are narrow. Only along the foothills is there any
flatland of significant extent.
Nearly 61% of the region is sloped
in excess of 50%. This makes the soil highly erosive and the topsoil
layer fairly thin.
Yet agriculture has been practiced
here since before the 12th century, when people indigenous to
the area carved their first terraces out of the steep mountainsides
of western Ifugao and planted them to rice.
Today, some 80% of the Cordillera’s
population, both indigenous and migrant, engage in agricultural
production as their main source of livelihood. Click
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