Every farmer in Ilocos Norte is pre-occupied with the innate desire to produce as much of his needs as possible. Despite the poor quality of the soil, the Ilocano farmer manages to wrest a bountiful harvest from the land.

To supplement the family’s rice supply, he plants corn, peanuts, tubers and sweet potatoes. To further maximize the use of land, he alternately cultivates Virginia tobacco, cotton, garlic, onion and sugarcane, which is an important source of basi (sugarcane wine) and vinegar.


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