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SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROFILE OF SWEETPOTATO FARMING HOUSEHOLDS IN DIFFERENT DEPTHS OF LAHAR DEPOSITS IN CENTRAL LUZON 1 PRISCILA G. TANGONAN AND CLARITA P. AGANON 2 ABSTRACT Almost all the 154 farmer-respondents are male with an average age of 46 and a mean number in school of six (6) years. Majority are Ilocanos and with an average household size of five (5). Almost all of them had farming as their permanent occupation with an average income of P59,415 annually. The average HH income, however, from all sources, was P117,020, with Tarlac farmers generating more income than farmers in Zambales. Majority still belonged to low level of living. The farmers had classified the soil into four (4) categories and had developed indicators that correspond to their soils. They had few superstitious beliefs relating to SP production and exhibited indigenous tools, practices, methods, machines and equipment which they used in the various stages of their economic activities There had not been any activity which was a monopoly of either men and women except on two off-farm activities. The sharing of work and responsibilities was not only true to farm operations but to off-farm activities as well. There were also available agencies and support services related to INM in the communities studied. Credit sources and peoples organizations were likewise available. ________________________ 1 Excerpts from the project entitled “Long Term Effects of Existing and Introduced INM Practices for Sweetpotato in Different Depths of Lahar in Central Luzon” funded by UPWARD. 2 Professors, Tarlac College of Agriculture and Central Luzon State University, respectively.