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Launching of Urban Garden at Luneta Park (Mar 12, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 12 March 2021

To underscore the importance of enabling Filipinos, especially the Metro Manila residents, to produce their own food during the time of the pandemic, Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the opening of the urban garden at the Luneta Park in Manila on March 12, 2021.

Under a partnership with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), and with the support of private seed companies Allied Botanical Corporation, Philippine Kaneko Seeds, and Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) developed an edible landscape at the west end of the Burnham Green of Luneta.

In his message, Sec. Dar expressed his appreciation to the NPDC and other agencies and institutions that collaborate with the government in its efforts to bring Filipinos safe, nutritious, and accessible food.

The Secretary also committed to bring in farmers’ cooperatives for the conduct of weekend markets under the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Program of DA, to provide Manileños access to fresh, quality, and affordable farm and fishery products.

The urban garden stands on a 1000 square meter lot, is covered with various vegetables including pechay, lettuce, eggplant, tomato, corn, parsley, basil, mint, beans, cucumber, and bitter gourd, among others. It is adjacent to the Rice Garden, which is also being maintained by DA, together with the Philippine Rice Research Institute. (Photo by Adonis Buhayan, DA-AFID)

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The matrix can be viewed and downloaded using this link: https://bit.ly/DA-memo-circular-on-PBIs-matrix-of-comments

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