RICE TERRACES

Generally, the local produce from the agricultural lands is consumed by the locals themselves. It was only in the latter years when the locals began producing vegetables for commercial purposes.

Like in the other areas in Cordillera, Kapangan ICCs practice the num-a/uma or swidden farming and by building rice terraces. Among the mainly planted are root crops such as camote, gabi, yam, peanuts; vegetables such as beans and squash; fruits such as bananas and others.

Camote was the town’s main staple food. But that was until the locals started building rice terraces, then rice became their main staple. Local folks have also discovered that a certain rice variety, one of which is sticky and reddish or brownish in color can be made into tapey or rice wine. Tapey is usually served during kanyaw/cañaos, a local festivity. In the later years, the town’s population growth rate increased that the locals were no longer able to supply their own rice and camote, thus they had to purchase rice from neighboring towns.